This last month has been unique. From all the reports and reactions to the corona virus, many routines were interrupted. If one were to have talked about this a year ago, we might expect it to be followed up with an enthusiastic, “April Fools!” but this is not the case.
To be in compliance with the “emergency order”, worship services were cancelled for a time. This gives us cause to reflect upon what a worship service is…what is it? This is a good occasion to reflect upon the basics.
St Paul records for us that, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…”(Eph 2:8a, NIV). So how does this faith come to us? He also answers that, “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17, NIV). We discover this is the Scriptures, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, NIV).
This is central to why a congregation gathers-to hear/proclaim the Word of God, so faith can grow. We can think of the early church that gathered for, “…to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NIV) The same as we gather today. We may do other things while we congregate (ie, singing, programs, community service, etc), but let us think about the basics. Oftentimes, I think of what the early church did and how they did it (ie, how many candles were upon the altar and when were they lit, etc).
Soon we will be together to celebrate Easter! For our hope…our certainty…all we have is based upon the fact that HE IS RISEN, INDEED!
our Savior for our sins.
In His Service,