Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.
Growing up as a “PK” (Preacher’s Kid), I must admit that there were very few Sundays that I missed church. Outside of traveling or vacations, we were there every week. The thought that I might miss a Sunday wasn’t ever really an option. So, it makes perfect sense that when I went to college, I caught up on a lot of “missed” Sundays. I loved to joke that I worshipped at “St. Mattress by the Spring” as I enjoyed sleeping in most Sundays. As an adult though, I have really come to treasure the experience of Sunday morning worship.
At Sunday worship, we as the gathered community of faith are able to offer God our praise, gratitude, and dedication. We hear God’s Word proclaimed and are invited to respond. There is something life-giving about attending church as a spiritual practice. It is a weekly discipline that helps one reorient one’s focus and priorities for the week ahead. It provides that intentional space for us to make God first in our lives.
I invite you to consider a resolution where weekly worship is a priority. Quite frankly, it is easier to attend worship now than it has ever been. Services are streamed live on Facebook so no matter where you are, you can join with your community of faith. In fact, services are recorded and available to watch online any time during the week. Give God that one hour a week and open yourself to God’s presence and work in your life throughout the rest of the week.
Merciful God, thank You for Your gift of worship and the opportunity to come to You in all moments of life. Strengthen us to worship You with all that we have and to make You first in our lives. We are grateful for new ways to worship and connect with our church family online. Guide us to glorify You in all that we say and do. In your name we pray, Amen.