12.19.13

“Let Us Worship God”

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These are words one would expect to hear at the beginning of Sunday morning church service. If you’re ever at New Life, Vernon Hills, you would indeed hear these words, calling us as the gathered people of God into the sacred and blessed privilege of congregational worship. Gathering with God’s people for worship is truly one of the highlights of my week. “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.”

For many years in my Christian life, it never occurred to me that worship takes place at other times and places than Sunday mornings at “church”. I grew up in the tradition that worship is what’s done on Sundays and in a “church” building exclusively. When you used the term “worship service” everyone knew you meant—Sunday morning at 11:00 am. You could even drop the service part and just say “worship” and folks still knew you meant the 11:00 am hour. Thinking back on all those additional gatherings we attended on Sundays, i.e. the 3:00 afternoon and the 7:30 evening services, they were referred to as just that, “services”, but not “worship” services. “Worship” service is at 11:00 am.

As a matter of fact when my father calls (even now) and I say, “Dad, let me call you back, we’re in the middle of family worship“, the “family worship” part still causes him to pause. It’s just plain difficult for folks to even imagine that worship goes on outside of the Sunday morning church service. Sadly as a result of this kind of thinking and practice, the privilege and blessings of worshipping God has been under experienced by many today.

Furthermore, this misunderstanding of worship has and is causing so many to bypass an old tried and true way of passing the faith to our offspring. Yes, you got it! Family Worship is what I was getting at in my last post regarding the family.  I say it’s time to discover for some and rediscover for others the blessed privilege and value of worshipping in our homes with our families throughout the week.

Let’s be clear up front. I am not talking about circumventing the regular church worship times. I am not suggesting in any “way, shape, form or fashion” that family worship replaces the worship of the gathered people of God. I’m submitting that in addition to, and not to be confused with those times, we should be worshipping with our families in our homes.

You will find a biblical foundation for Family worship throughout the Scriptures. Let’s take a look at –21 as an example.

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”

This text helps me own the massive trust the Lord has placed upon me for truth in my home. Man, this is encouraging. It is almost inconceivable that God would entrust me and you to put His Word before these tender hearts. What a huge privilege. In His awesome wisdom, God saw to it that we would have more access to our families than anyone else. It’s sad that many are trying today to upend this great providence.

It seems the Lord knew we would wrestle with creative ways to bring His Word to bear upon our families so He helps us brainstorm, i.e. teaching, talking, sitting and walking (sounds like some Christian rap). When it’s time for bed and when the alarm clock goes off in the morning. We must think about ways to keep the Word of God in plain view like on doors, garage walls, refrigerators and mirrors. Let the creative juices flow. Any of you care to add to the list? What about a time designed for Family Worship? How about incorporating into your family life a mini replication of what happens on the Lord’s Day? Consider a daily specific time for singing, praying, reading and discussing the Bible together. What a wonderful and consistent way to continue the legacy of faith in our families.

I suggest we be bold and call it “Family Worship”. It will serve as a reminder to you and your family that worship of God is not limited to Sunday mornings and the building you meet in. It will demonstrate that God is the center of your home and provide one of the most effective ways to pass the faith along to the next generation.

Some of you have been doing Family Worship for quite some time now. We would love to hear from you. Tell us how it’s going, i.e. ups, downs etc. Maybe this is all new to you and you have questions. Well, this is The Front Porch and we can talk about it.

As I said in an earlier post, I am not an expert on the family. I’m just another brother who desires to serve them well for the glory of God. However, when it comes to Family Worship and its effect, as the old folks would say, “I’m a living witness”.

Well, gotta go. It’s almost 7:00 pm here and time for me to make that clarion call; “Let Us Worship God.”

Want more posts on family and faith?  Find a couple of related posts here and here.

18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (ESV)

Louis Love
Louis Love serves as the pastor of New Life Fellowship Church, which he planted in 1997. Joyfully married, Louis and his wife, Jamie, have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

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  • george canady

    Good stuff Pastor Louis. If I could add one thing in a broader sense of worship is our attitudes and words toward our brothers and sisters in Christ, our (every person alive) neighbors and God’s/our enemies; as observed by our families.

  • Louis Love

    Hey George:
    You know you are right about that brother. I hope to share some additional thoughts regarding Family Worship in future posts. So brother, keep on coming up on The Porch. Looking forward to the conversation.

    • george canady

      Your porch is like the class in school I could not wait to get to. Thanks for the invite.

  • Tabulous

    Good Post,

    I always enjoy reminders of the importance of Family Worship (or “bible time” that’s what I call it). I must admit that I am not as good with this as I want to be as the head of my house. I think that consistency is key. I know many people like to have family worship everyday. My schedule does not permit this, but I do try to do it several times a week every week. I must admit doesn’t always happen. There are always droughts which is why today’s post was great.

    Last night we were looking at . I started out reading and my 6 yr old asked if he could read. So, I think that participation is key in helping this to work. Then I had him get his flashlight to help demonstrate vs. 105. It is hard to get a 2 yr old, 3 yr old, and 6 yr old to focus during bible time. So, I have learned to keep it short and sweet (but not rushed). Asking them questions is also a way to help keep my children focused.

    By way of comparison, last week bible time was ended abruptly with a stern reminder of the seriousness of the event. Each child wanted to his/her own thing and it had nothing to do with the topic at hand. So, I would say that patience is key on the part of the leader and follower especially with young kids. It is so easy to want to give up when it doesn’t go “right”. So, being willing to try different approaches/tools is great. Encouragement from others and the sharing of war stories with others is helpful.

    Finally, I find that asking my children to memorize things is a good way to have them participate. My 6 yr old is almost finished memorizing the books the Old Testament. I also use a catechism. The use of a catechism was my tool of choice when I first started bible time with my family. It’s great for my 2 yr old.

    To God be the Glory!

    • Louis Love

      Tabulous:

      Brother you had me rolling as I pictured your Family Worship time. It sounds like such a sweet gathering. I have grandchildren the ages of your children and it is some kind of event getting them together for Family Worship (when they visit). So I kinda understand your beautiful situation.

      I’m thanking the Lord for your faithfulness. Yes, I ‘m sure we all know we could do better, praise God for His matchless grace.

      Great thoughts, loved what you did with , thanks for sharing.

      Talk to ya soon.