In this New Year, choose to re(connect) with God and others while worshipping at home. Doing church from home is not a new thing. Here is some encouragement from the Apostle Paul who helped lead the early church when it essentially only met in homes:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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
Before the WORSHIP SERVICE
Our Sunday morning worship live-stream starts on Facebook Live and YouTube at 9:30 a.m. Begining 5-15 minutes before worship starts, take time to pray for your church family, the worship team, and the ministry team. Consider sending a text with a simple prayer and invitation to join worship to friends and family.
During the WORSHIP SERVICE
Personalized Worship: There are many ways to worship and praise the Lord other than singing. Try worship in different ways to find what is best for you - like picking up an instrument and play along with the worship team. Express your worship through writing, sketching, or coloring as you reflect on the meaning of the worship lyrics.
Active Listening: Itś easy for worship to get interrupted at home. Become an active listener by finding a notebook and begin taking notes. Jot down questions you may have about the passage. Or turn to the passage in the Bible and spend some time reading and reflecting on it. Are there certain words or ideas that stick out more to you? Write these down. Meditate and reflect on how these ideas connect with your personal life.
After the WORSHIP SERVICE
Reflection: If you feel led, consider posting a personal reflection on your personal social media and share how God has spoken to you through the Scripture and/or worship service. Pray that God will use your post(s) to help others connect with Calvary and be encouraged in Christ.
Community: After worship, schedule a regular phone or video chat with other members of your church family. Catch-up with them on a personal level, ask for and share prayer requests, and reflect on the week's Scripture or sermon. If questions came up in anyone's notes, explore them together or agree to reach out to a Calvary Pastor. End your virtual time together by praying for each other.