Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sabbath Day Worship at Home

Self-imposed quarantine is hard, and many of us around the country are having a difficult time adjusting to a "new normal". Sundays can be especially hard when you have a habit of attending church as part of your Sabbath day. For some, church was cancelled last week at the beginning of the COVID-19 precautions, but for many tomorrow may be your first Sunday at home. As our days seem to run together during this time, it is important to never forget the Lord.

"Family Worship" by Nathan Greene

For the most part, we've kept our usual Sabbath day routine, but when it came time to go to church, we got dressed in our Sunday best to meet together in our living room. Why did we wear our Sunday best? Well, the answer is simple. When we wear our best, we behave differently. It sets aside the time spent playing and the time spent in worship. It would be easy to continue wearing our pajamas and to lounge on the couch when we gather together, but is it being reverent? Is it being respectful? What we wear reminds us and our children of the sacredness of the occasion. 

We kept our service last week rather simple. An opening hymn, an opening prayer, the administration of the sacrament, testimonies, and a closing hymn and prayer. This week we're expanding on that a little bit more by having scripture readings, more hymns, and a time to also sing the children's church songs that they would typically be singing during their Sunday school hour. 

We don't know for how long we will be needing to worship in this way, but we are making the most of it. It is important to never forget that special time with the Lord, on His day, and every day. May God bless you with health, peace, and happiness as we wait to see what's in store for the future. 

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