An impending storm of apparent catastrophic power requires us to pray to the Lord for His mercies upon the people of the Carolinas, Virginia, and other possible points of landfall.
The inevitable exile from home and hometown, the physical displacement of individuals and families, as well as the necessary closure of Sunday services, due to the Storm, calls believers to consider the continuation of Lord’s Day worship. Such a consideration may appear trivial to some. But the regular gathering of Christians on the Lord’s Day constitutes a sacred rhythm that is not only necessary for the perpetuation of the faith, but also the spiritual comfort of the believer. Thus, we provide some thoughts on home (or hotel) worship during times of disruption.
When you can’t go to church:
Public worship with the People of God of any Apostles Creed-confessing Christian assembly is preferable to isolation. Christian worship is to be conducted, ordinarily, by an ordained minister of Word, Sacrament, and Prayer. However, exigencies may occasionally require a private worship service. Here When necessary:
Let the head of the home gather the family and any guests for Lord’s Day worship whether in the home or along your travels. Invite others to read, pray, or lead a hymn.
- Read “Sentences of Scripture” to be gathered.
- Sing a hymn well-known. [If you don’t have a Hymnal in the home or available to you, here is a link to the Trinity Hymnal online.
- Offer a Prayer of Invocation with the Lord’s Prayer.
- Affirm the faith with the Apostles Creed.
- Sing the “Gloria Patri.”
- Confession your sins and remind yourself of Gospel forgiveness, by Scripture reading or prayer.
- [Mail or post your tithes and offerings through online means to support the Lord’s work in your home church.]
- Read the Scriptures. [Here is a link to Readings for each Sunday.]
- Select one of the passage for a devotional talk.
- What is this passage addressing?
- What is the answer in the text?
- Isolate that universal spiritual truth.
- Apply it.
- Then, pray it with a closing prayer.
- Sing a closing hymn.
- Close with a Scripture of encouragement to live the Christian life.