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August 2020

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.” (Psalm 109:30)

If there is one thing this pandemic has taught me about worship, it is how important corporate worship is. When our Sunday morning services were online, and the Praise Team and I were leading worship to an empty sanctuary, we could tell there was something missing. That’s not to say that we didn’t have some amazing times of worship with the Lord, or that our worship was any less “real” or just a performance. There are times that worship is just one-on-one with God. But there are also times when worshiping together as the body of Christ is important and can be very powerful.

Something incredible happens when a congregation worships together. When everyone joins in singing the same words, to the same tune, to the same God, all at the same time, it joins people together as a group. Anyone who has been a part of a musical group or a choir knows how music creates ties between people, and God uses music as a tool to bring His Church into unity with each other and with Him.

Maybe you’re still watching church online. I encourage you to try to meet together with a body of believers. Maybe you’re “in church”, but you’re not really engaged in worship. Maybe you are worried you can’t sing. God knows that -- He made you! -- and He doesn’t care. So the next time I ask you to “join us in worship” or say, “Let’s praise God together” I mean just that: Join us and let’s worship God together!

In Christ, Amy Smith


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