How to Worship as a Family at Home

Normally my week builds to Sunday morning with the church gathering together. I anticipate the time of greeting, catching up with people, teaching or learning in Christian Life Academy/Sunday School class, but mostly I love our corporate singing, praying, and the proclamation of God’s Word. These times are a gift from God. Far more than a duty, they are a joy for God’s people.

But…it’s been weeks, and it may be several more, before we can assemble together again.  But that does not mean that we cannot join together in worship. It just means we will have to do it differently.  Worshiping at home is different for most of us, but I’m convinced it is an opportunity for us to grow and develop stronger worship practices, whether we are in our homes or gathered together in one place. 

Here are a few things I believe will help you as you worship at home:

 

  1. Schedule a specific time and place. Our services are online (hopefully) by 10:30 am. There will be links sent by email, text, and found on our Facebook page, or you can go directly to our website psbcgreenville.org. It is easy to navigate. From the home page you will see a link “Full Worship Service Here.”
  2. Pray. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalms 118:1). Prayer is a vital part of worship. Talk with one another about the things you want to pray for, share the congregational care email, pray for people you miss seeing on Sundays, etc. I encourage you to let every family member pray aloud.  Remember to begin with praise and end with thanksgiving.
  3. Sing. Sing to God, sing praises to his name (Psalms 68:4a). On the PSBC website you will see links to several songs you can sing along with, or sing other worship songs.
  4. Give. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce (Proverbs 3:9). Giving is an act of worship. You can give online, text, or place your offering in an envelope to be mailed or dropped off. Being intentional in giving during worship time connects the offering with the recipient in our hearts.
  5. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105) Worship centers on the Word of God. Reading along with the scripture passages, taking notes, filling in the blanks on the published outlines (which are also on the website), all will help keep you sensitive to the speaking of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word.
  6. I do not turn aside from your statutes, for you have taught me (Psalms 119:102). Reflect and talk about the services, asking God to make clear what He would have you learn, stop doing or start doing.  Go through the application questions in the listening guide and prepare to discuss them with your home group.

 

There are many things that you can do with your family to make this Easter Sunday memorable. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Dress for church. Ok, I know it has been nice to worship in slippers, quarantine hair, and a fuzzy blanket, but dressing up can serve to add significance to the time spent in worship.
  2. Read aloud the Gospel account of the resurrection: (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20)
  3. Make your own resurrection eggs: https://lifeyourway.net/diy-ressurection-eggs-easter-story-book-printables/
  4. Make your own stained-glass window: From a friend’s FB page 
 

This Easter, even though we are separated, we are together. Scripture says His Spirit still binds us, still lives in us. It is my prayer that this Easter will be one to remember – not because you didn’t get to go to church – but because in your worship you experienced the presence of the resurrected and living Jesus Christ!

Would you take a picture of your family in worship this week? We would love to share those pictures as a way to keep everyone encouraged and connected! Please email those photos to info@psbcgreenville.org.  (Sending in a photo is granting approval for PSBC to publish it).
 
Thank You!
Marty
 

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