Even though we're snowed in and unable to collectively gather as a church family, you can still spend time in worship individually or with your family. Here are 5 ways to do so:
1. Read. Take time to read and reflect the words of Scripture. If you're searching for a verse, I recommend Psalm 100 which is a psalm of thanksgiving. Also, if you want to get a head start on next week's passage, you can read John 9 where Jesus heals the man born blind.
2. Sing. Find your favorite worship songs online, and sing along with them. Allow your heart to engage the Lord with songs of praise and thanksgiving. If you need a place to start, here's my worship playlist on Spotify or other links: No Longer Slaves & For The Cross.
3. Pray. Spend time talking with God. Simply what's going on inside of you - your ups, downs, uncertainties, joys.... Write out your prayer to be more careful and pensive rather than skipping through it.
- Pray for God to awaken the hearts of those far from Him.
- Pray for unity and passion in our church.
- Pray for your family and friends.
- Pray for your own hopes, dreams, and goals this year, yielding them before God's perfect plans.
4. Watch. The interwebs are full of great sermons. Find one or two and watch them...not as a consumer, but as a learner. Take notes, study the content, and think about it throughout the day. If you're looking for a place to start, I recommend our sending church's snow day message from Gabe Turner. Another message that has richly strengthened my heart this week is a previous Christmas message from Matt Chandler.
5. Serve. This blizzard is a perfect opportunity to love your neighbors in practical ways. Shovel someone out; bring a family a meal or some snacks; invite others over to drink hot cocoa and catch up. If you've never met one of your neighbors, today is a great moment to knock on the door, introduce yourself, and make sure they're doing ok.
These are simple yet meaningful ways to have a worshipful morning.
I miss you all today and can't wait to see you next week! -Pastor Adam