As Advent approaches and Christmas draws near, it is time to reflect on the fact that many of our wonderful Quail family have not chosen to return to worship in person, but rather continue to watch our services online. I write this brief letter to advocate that those who are not home-bound due to illness, and who live in the Stockton area, take this opportunity to step back into church worship in person.
The Sunday prior to me writing this letter, we had 196 devices watching our webcast. We know that many of those devices account for more than one person. If we theorize that half of those devices represent just two people, that means 392 people were watching our webcast online.
I believe that many of you who are represented by that number can and should return in person and now is the perfect time to do so. Here are my reasons:
God made us in such a fashion that he knows we need to gather in order to support one another, encourage one another in our faith walk, and be together as we worship. It does need to be in person unless there is a physical reason for us to be homebound. Virtual reality is not true reality and human interaction around the issues of faith is vital for our growth.
It is too easy to settle into a comfortable habit of thinking that we can “do church” in our PJ’s and bathrobe. It is time for us to value the rekindling of relationships, greeting and meeting one another in the name of the Lord, to sing, pray, worship and grow side-by-side in a way that will expand and grow our spirit. As a practical matter, you may or may not wish to wear a mask as you gather, the choice is yours.
In this season when we celebrate the “in-person” coming of our Lord, let’s make sure that we are in person with one another and lift one another up in our rejoicing.
I hope to see you in church this Sunday.
His and yours,
Quail Lakes Baptist Church has a variety of ministries for everyone, young and old.