Sunday Morning Update
Forever Family— This coming Sunday, we will once again gather under unusual circumstances. The COVID-19 season continues to force us to be creative in the ways we live and worship. We want to make sure everyone knows what to expect as we worship together. First, be aware that beginning this Sunday, July 12 , we will have our playground open and staffed during the sermon time for the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services for children ages 4 through 6th grade. Children will be with their families for our time of singing and will be dismissed as the sermon begins.
Next, please know that we have devoted much prayer and discussion to how God would have us respond to the Governor’s statement regarding singing in church. On the one hand, we know that we are called to respect governing authorities, and we believe this restriction comes from a desire to keep people safe, not to persecute the church. On the other hand, it comes from people who obviously do not understand the important role that singing plays in our worship. For many of us, it is one of the primary ways that we express love to God, and this restriction does seem to cross the line of the state telling believers how to practice their faith.
With that said, we want to take this time to remind everyone that worship is first and foremost an attitude of the heart. In fact, most of the worship that we see in the Bible was not singing at all, but the offering of sacrifices. We worship when we offer God our best in response to His goodness. When we adore God and look for ways to express our gratitude to Him, that is worship. If our hearts are full of anger and defiance, we are not worshiping, even if we are singing songs about God’s goodness.
This coming Sunday, we will once again be asking everyone to remain seated, and to consider using the time to reflect on the meaning of the lyrics as the worship team plays. But we will be leaving the choice of whether or not to sing up to the individual believer. Whether you choose to sing or not, please remember that worship is something we offer to God, not an experience we seek for ourselves. Please remember that the environment that is most honoring to God is one where our focus is not on standing up for our rights, but on loving God and our neighbors well. And please consider that if our worship is genuine, then our hearts will increasingly reflect the heart of the One we worship. May He be glorified in all we do.
In Christ, Your Pastors at Community Church