Worship is a Celebration!
“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God,
the God of Israel.”
How do we feel when we worship online? It isn’t the same as being in the sanctuary together, but we can still experience God’s presence and feel God’s Spirit move within us. With our prolonged separation and online-only worship services, do we find it easier to skip watching or convince ourselves we will watch it later? Do we find fault with the way things are presented? Do we feel it’s a waste of time or that it’s just too difficult to connect? Or do we celebrate with joy the opportunity to stay connected with our church and with our Lord through creative means and online worship?
The people of Israel were not able to worship in their “church” (temple) for over 60 years. (And I thought 6 MONTHS was difficult!) When they were finally able to be together to worship in the temple and celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), they were filled with joy! Not only had God restored their worship space, but God also provided for their physical needs through the King of Assyria. They had much to rejoice and celebrate.
We also have much to rejoice and celebrate, even though we are still worshipping apart. God continues to move through our church and through our people. God is reaching across our community and around the world through your faithfulness and gifts. God is creating new ways to connect with our church members and our neighbors through Home Church and small groups. God is calling us to be less passive in our discipleship and more proactive in study and worship by mentoring new believers. We are here to provide encouragement, education, support, resources, and pastoral care for your times of need. You are called to be the church in the world… the heart and hands of Jesus Christ.
As we look forward to the time when once again we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together in person, we have an opportunity to celebrate the connected Body of Christ by doing “Drive-By Communion” this Wednesday from 11am-1pm. Please come by the church between those hours and receive pre-packaged individual bread and juice packets for your family and any other friends and neighbors you are inviting to your Home Church service.
Gracious God, we pray for our church. May we continue to be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ across our community and across the world. GIve us a vision for who you are calling us to mentor in discipleship. Give us the courage to invite them to worship and study your word together. Help us to stay connected to one another and connected to you through this time. Amen.