At times like this, we need God’s Word to reassure us that He is in control; we need to sing songs that remind us of His grace, love, and protection; we need worship.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV) We know, as Christ followers, that we are called to gather together as the Church—the bride of Christ Himself. However, as we retreat to the safety of our homes in response to the coronavirus, we should look around and recognize that the very people we live with in our homes are part of that same calling—our family. We encourage you to worship as a family as you engage with our online worship service.
How To Get The Most of Online Worship:
Make it Special: Set up a special area in your house to participate in worship. The dining table may be a good choice for many. You can create a worshipful atmosphere by lighting a candle at the beginning of the service to mark this as a special time that Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is coming to you through God’s Word. Although online worship services will remain available all week, consider worshipping at your regular time of worship to keep that time and routine sacred to you and your family.
Be Fully Present: Our minds can easily be led to other things from our familiar surroundings instead of focusing on Christ and His gifts. You may face a lot of digital distractions once the service kicks off! Choose to stay committed and engaged. You may even want to consider keeping all other electronic devices in another room – those notifications can wait!
Engage your Children: Remind children that we are participating in worshiping God with the whole Church in Spirit (John 4:21-24) and hearing His Word. The same God at the church building is with us in our homes.
- Invocation: Teach your children how to cross themselves and remind them of the power of the cross.
- Children’s Message: Remind them they are not alone, the children’s message is for all the kids listening online too!
- Sermon: Encourage children to interact with the sermon by pausing intermittently and asking them questions on what they are hearing.
- Prayer: After the prayers of the church, consider pausing the worship service and spend time sharing your own prayer requests and praying for those as a family.
- Offering: Talk with your children about generosity. You may even let them help you put your offering in an envelope to mail to church. They may have their own offerings to include!
-Worship Songs: Get up and dance to the worship music as a family! Take wiggly breaks as needed!
Worship, don’t just watch: You can’t feed your body by watching other people eat, and you can’t feed your soul by watching others worship. So make this a spiritual time – sing, pray, and read the word along with us! Participate in worship by singing the songs and reading the response, and even standing (if you are able). Although it might feel awkward, remember that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He lives in you, and together with those in your family, you are members of the Body of Christ.
Like, Share, & Comment: One of the great benefits of online services is we can now have MORE interaction! So, ask questions and use those reaction buttons! Share the service on your social media feeds and invite your friends to watch with you. You can share the Gospel and spread hope to those that need it!