I think one of the things that this Covid-19 shutdown has challenged us on is, how do we worship? When we do not have others to sit with or even someone else to lead our thinking and doing, how do we worship?
Some are doing their best to reproduce what is normally done on a Sunday in a Church. Hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon. I’m not going to knock that approach – at least it is something.
However, is this really the limit of our worship?
Worship – it seems to me – is about acknowledging who God is. God is the only one worthy of our worship (it won’t go to God’s head and make God unbearable for a start), nothing we say or do can ever express the true greatness or perfection of God.
So, how do we worship?
Music can help – Christians have always known this and made good use of music and singing. But there is much more to music than hymns and maybe this is a chance to explore some of it.
Prayer – obviously. But do we really need someone to lead us in prayer? If we have never learnt to pray on our own, now is the time to learn. For worship, of course, it should not be just a list of wants but reflection on who God is and in turn what that means to you.
Readings? By all means, we can’t get enough of scripture in my opinion. But perhaps this is more about learning and responding than worship itself. Although some parts of scripture certainly do inspire worship in us.
My prayer is that something good comes out of this time of being forced to separate. Perhaps by learning how to worship for ourselves we will be better equipped when we can do it together again.
Please don’t just long for what we can’t have but seek new ways of expressing your faith in worship.