I had the pleasure of attending an in-person church service for the first time in a long time. My friend attends Calvary Westlake (https://calvarywestlake.org/) and I joined her there this Sunday. The church was not full like this picture. We were near the top and not near others so we could freely remove our masks and worship. I have missed that. While I know many of our churches (mine included) have opened up, I haven’t returned. One reason I did this past Sunday was two-fold 1) to see my friend and 2) the church is huge so I know I could social distance. I’m glad I did.
I didn’t know all the songs but sang my heart out. It felt so good to worship with my voice, body, and in community. When the body of Christ raises voices together, you can feel the Holy Spirit move. The pastor that taught truly hit a home run. The topic was money but the takeaway was how are you going to change as a result of what you heard today. Being in person and with dear friends made my day.
I am still part of a Lifegroup via Zoom. It’s a great group of women and if we tried to switch to in-person, it wouldn’t work. We live all over the Los Angeles area. So we meet in person quarterly. Those are precious days. My church is meeting in person but I have yet to venture back. For now, I am loving eating breakfast with my son and doing church together on the couch. I will continue to seek community but it will be in different forms now. My question is how are you connecting with the body of Christ?
If you are doing church at home, fabulous. It’s wonderful. However, you need to be seen by someone at some point as well. Join a Zoom Bible Study. Start a Zoom with friends from church just to connect each month. Meet at a park with others for a social distanced lunch. For those that are comfortable, return to your church building. Shake hands or fist bump others. Connect with the body of Christ.
We need that. We need each other. However you are “doing church” these days, make sure some of it includes community. Church isn’t enough. We need to be seen and known. Get back out there. Even if that means Zoom. It’s time to resurface in your community of faith if you haven’t yet.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
~Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
Dream Big! Pray Big!