Making the most of worshipping online
Thir.st // April 18, 2020, 11:40 pm
Let’s face it, the first few times worshipping in front of a screen can feel… different. Unless you’ve attended multi-site church services before and/or are familiar with livestreams, you might find it a little to hard to connect at first. Thankfully, Senior Pastor Kenny Chee of World Revival Fellowship has written a helpful piece on three things to be aware of that will help maximise your online worship experience.
1. Physical awareness
Your physical awareness contributes to your online worship experience. Your physical preparation can shape your attitude.
Getting out of your bed-clothes, washing up, having your breakfast, tidying up and cooling down the surrounding space make for better focus and worship experience.
Even your posture: sitting comfortably, instead of lying down in bed, adds to or subtracts from the online worship experience.
2. Spiritual awareness
Before the online service begins, remind yourself, “I am here to worship: to sing, pray, listen and respond to God.
Resist all temptations to take the online service lightly, or to postpone watching it.
“I am here and God is with me now in this sacred space. I may not be in a church gathering, but even here God can speak, touch, comfort, fill or strengthen me. I can have a God-encounter. I can experience an increase of faith, hope and love.”
Be aware that the evil one will seek to lure you away from this time of worship. Resist all temptations to take the online service lightly, or to postpone watching it.
Resist all distractions and give your undivided attention to worshipping the Lord together with your congregation.
3. Relational awareness
You may be alone or with friends or family participating together. It is not the same as the usual church gathering with the congregation.
However, in spirit, you are present with everyone else, and together we are all worshipping the Lord together at the same time.
This togetherness can be expressed and shared when you put in a comment about what moved, touched, enlightened or stirred you in the YouTube comments box during the live streaming, or on various chat groups later on.
THINK + TALK
- How has the whole online church thing been for you?
- What have you most missed from meeting physically?
- What have you gained or learned from worshipping online?
- Encourage a pastor or cell leader this week.