“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25
Worship and community are essential in following God. Seeking God out, offering your praises, being formed and renewed by the Holy Spirit, and gathering in accountable community… all of these practices sustain and grow our faith in God. Yet, here we are at that season. Summer has finally arrived, and with it the travels and adventures of warm weather. The demands of our activities, the need for respite, the invitations from family, suddenly we discover we’ve missed weeks of worship and don’t remember the last time we shared in small group community. I get it, though. My family lives out-of-state, my children are starting activities, and meetings take me away from our area. Some weeks I feel like I’m spinning in circles trying to balance it all.
So when the crazy schedules hit, how can we stay connected to God and one another? Here’s some ways you can keep growing in your faith, even from a distance, as you seek to be faithful this summer:
- Worship where you are– visit a nearby church, take a hymnal or prayer with you to say as a family, share your God-sightings that week
- Revisit worship with us– Each week we record our worship service, and share it on our website (www.cridersvilleumc.org), our church Facebook page, and show the video at Otterbein and the Cridersville Nursing Home. Watch and worship with us, staying connected from a distance.
- Simple studies on your own– Read a Psalm & a chapter from Proverbs each day. Proverbs are practical advice in catchy phrasings, and Psalms are dramatic expressions of joys and needs written as poems or songs. Most of the readings are short and simple- study at any level, readers and non-readers alike can dive in to a simple study that changes each day.
- Pray unceasingly– Wherever you are, whenever you can, pray. Thank God for peace, for nature, for opportunities. Share your burdens and worries. Pray for other people you see walk by, for groups you’re a part of. Ask God to keep you connected and sustain your faith through a different schedule.
- Check our events schedule for the summer– even if you can’t be here for consistent community, you can connect with your church family at our special opportunities through the summer