Meeting in one place/space
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. — Acts 2:1
The return of people to the pews from Covid brings this text alive today. Online worship remains good and well, too.
Online worship will remain good and well as long as those joining remotely participate in worship.
Our tendency is to “watch” screens. With the exception of the youngest generations who can seriously and significantly game online, most of us were indoctrinated to screens when TV programming was not at the 24/7/365 convenience of the viewer.
Every pastor who supports online worship and those pastors who wish for yesteryear to come back agree that worship is participatory. Our attention to God is not a passive spectator event.
We can certainly be passive in the pews. We can easily do this online, too.
But let’s not. Let’s meet. Just as those who gathered in one place made Pentecost real and exciting, let’s do the same in one place that includes online space.
If we limit God to one time and one place—worship at 10 AM on Sunday mornings—we are doing a grave injustice to God who is both in and out of time as we know it. If, however, we are open to what God is doing and how God is doing it, then the same wind that blew into the house where the worshippers met will continue to blow today.
PRAYER: Dear Holy Spirit known as the mighty wind in this text, don’t stop bringing us together by helping us meet together in places and spaces that will draw us not apart but together in the name of Jesus. Amen.