As with most churches around the world, I believe our Good Friday and Easter Sunday worship in April were historic with them held online. Unexpectedly, more than six months later on Thanksgiving weekend, we still need to hold worship online. Although we have resumed in-person worship, only a small number of brothers and sisters can return to church to worship together every week, and because of the uncertainty of the pandemic, others are hesitant to come to church at all.
According to previous studies, when you do the same thing for three months in a row, it will become a habit of your daily life. For example, when you practice a devotional time every day for three months, it will become part of your daily routine. This is a good habit that everyone is encouraged to strive to establish as daily time with God is a vital element in our spiritual growth. But I am afraid that brothers and sisters are now used to doing online worship at home, and even after the pandemic is gone, they will still be reluctant to return to church to worship. The habit we have practiced for three months and longer will inevitably cause certain difficulties or an unwillingness if we must return to church to worship every week. We are now used to the freedom and comforts at home. Some of us are eating breakfast while worshipping. Some of us may start watching the worship video as soon as we get up. Others may be accustomed to worshipping half asleep in bed. There may also be brothers and sisters communicating with each other on mobile phones (e.g. on whatsapp, etc.) while worshiping. These are poor practices resulting in us not clearly focusing on worship, and disrespecting God.
Dear brothers and sisters, I hope the above mentioned will not become your habits. From today onwards, worship at home with a devoted heart, knowing that whether at church or home, the place becomes solemn and sacred when you worship. We must worship God with respect because the audience of our worship is not a believer, but the true God of the Trinity. When we worship, God is watching us. How can we worship the true God with such a negligent attitude? If you have difficulty improving your inattentive worship, I hope you will participate in our in-person worship as soon as possible. This will help you refocus on worship that is pleasing to God.
May you all have a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!