Sunday Seed Thoughts: Collective, Connective Worship

“Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God,” affirmed Wilson Adams in his 2005 Florida College Lecture, The Nature of God and Man.”

“We worship daily when we pray privately, read and meditate upon the Sacred Word, sing a hymn in traffic, or praise Him openly to a friend.” However, Wilson correctly pointed out that there are “some things our Creator wants His church to do in concert.” We call this collective worship.

The Bible speaks of first-century Christians meeting together on the first day of the week (Ax 20:7). They came together to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19). To eat the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:17-34). And to contribute financially to the Lord’s work (1 Cor 16:1-2).

Today, we have this opportunity to collectively join our hearts, minds and souls for worship with fellow Believers.

COVID-19 has seriously impacted public gatherings, especially worship services. We are beginning, however, to return to some degree of normalcy in many locations. An unusual, once-in-a-lifetime circumstance, called for an unprecedented approach to worship. But all the live streams, videos, and facebook live broadcasts piped in our homes cannot replace the impact of collective worship in the same place. At the same time. With our brethren.

When we assemble together there is a unique connection. Heartfelt worship, “in spirit and in truth” that is passionate and purposeful connects us with our Creator. And it also provides a powerful connection to our brethren as we “exhort one another” and “stimulate one another to love and good works” (Heb 10:24-25). Joseph Swain captured this special feeling in his 18th-century hymn, “How Sweet, How Heavenly.”

How sweet, how heav’nly is the sight,
When those that love the Lord
In one another’s peace delight,
And thus fulfill His Word.

When each can feel his brother’s sigh
And with him bear a part;
When sorrow flows from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart.

When, free from envy, scorn, and pride,
Our wishes all above,
Each can his brother’s failings hide,
And show a brother’s love.

When love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flows;
When union sweet, and dear esteem,
In every action glows.

Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above;
And he’s an heir of Heav’n who finds
His bosom glow with love.

Don’t neglect this wonderful Divine blessing of collective, connective worship.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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2 responses to “Sunday Seed Thoughts: Collective, Connective Worship

  1. Sonny

    Amen in this time of change and shifting new paradigms.
    We we discovered homestyle the kind Jesus likes to visit everyday by setting our table for neighbors family strangers at the gate men and women of peace that God draws to our pure table. In our retirement village of older adults we care for the neighbors we have nextdoor for us we have warm community we love one another and we believe in the name of Jesus what are we missing? Most of the people we have met being nomads on a boat and now settled in a retirement community in Florida are lost souls who have been disenfranchised because of poverty by the American style churches. Our national shame is we now have bread and circuses to support our poor in the streets are littered with the Lost. We have amazingly found a network that believes in the ideals that we were born and raised on 50 years ago in the restoration movement.
    We now meet in our home here with our neighbors and our front yard distanced for mango ice cream and prayer and celebrate the resurrection everyday. WE Network pray and worship with Shepherd’s disciples home style groups around the world. We walking in His light with no shadow of a man in front of us
    W zoom.
    We are enjoying your articles and your insight

    Peace

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