This is my riff on an opinion piece I read about going back to work. I took it and made a few changes. Feel free to let me know if you’ve been going to church.
Worshipping from home is no longer fun — it’s time to go back to the Church
June 14, 2021 | 7:14am | Updated
America, your family misses you. They haven’t seen you for over a year, and it’s time for a nationwide family reunion. I’m talking about your Church family.
I miss my place of worship. Riding with the family to get donuts before service, meeting at greeting folks on the way in and of course, gathering as church body, the reason I’m here in the first place. Yes, “Zoom-Baptist” or “Face-time Presbyterianism” have proven we can get the “job done” from home, but much as we all adore our online-Facetime-Google Hangouts congregations, we’ve all had enough. We are commanded to gather and worship God and that should be enough to get our compliance. Besides, I’ve seen enough Zoom links to last me for a decade.
Getting back in the groove of going to Church will yield all sorts of psychological, emotional and even economic benefits. Seeing fellow congregants whom you haven’t seen in awhile, hearing the shuffle and scuffle of kids in the educational wing, the organist warming up, the outburst of “hey” or laughs is going to be a real joy to your heart.
It’s satisfying to be in the presence of other people worshiping while advancing toward a common goal of becoming more like Christ. The hearing of scripture reading as the call to worship is extending. The reading aloud of a creed or confession. Hearing the pastoral prayer. Might I not forget, Singing. Oh, boy singing together is going to be great. I’m sorry, all I found out about singing at home is why I LOVE signing with others. Only God could appreciate my voice.
There’s the natural fascination of regularly interacting with fellow members of your congregation. in the 22-to-65 age group: the older saints who stand around by the coffee pots offering “Back in the day” commentary; the overly ambitious young deacon who quietly forgot to turn on the coffee pot for fellowship hour; the young family who sit near the back because they don’t know anyone. You have several new families in the congregation. Then there’s the kids. The more the merrier. To see your church growing is something you’re missing. Keep in mind however, these are perks to the journey, but we were commanded to gather and worship God. Out of obedience we get other benefits like those listed above.
After more than a year away from the church, many feel anxious about returning to life with their brothers and sisters — but worshipping from home has been shown to exacerbate half heartedness. As mentioned before Zoom “checks the boxes”, but does it really do what we’re commanded to do? The circumstances a year ago were quite different than they are today and I believe we can forgive anyone who back in May 2020 was trying to figure this out. However, now almost 16 months after the initial TP shortages, it’s time to go back to church.
Going to church also means that, once in a while, you could even do something wild like invite that quiet family over for dinner. You’re going to find that your kids have grown and matured so much over the last year. (You’re not the worst parent ever) Maybe your daughter is ready to start helping in the nursery. Those awkward conversations with the guy whose name runs out of your mind faster than coffee runs out during fellowship hour, you kind of like him. (Write his name down, Jason!)