Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
We need one another. When God said of man, ‘It is not good he should be alone’, the character of worship was molded from a need of companionship. The home is undergirded by togetherness. Society is formed by people gathering together as communities. The church of our Lord was created to fill a need of spiritual fellowship in worship. A family of God, a flock, a shared heritage, a vineyard and a brotherhood suggests the exhortation of how we need one another.
Worship is not confined to a building but on the first day of the week we are commanded to gather together to consider to one another. This is collective worship that helps us discover one another. Our time together is a stirring time that we build up the weakened hands of a brother or sister. Singing together mends hearts filled with the challenges of the week past. The proclamation of the word of God strengthens the heart to have more courage. Remembering the sacrifice of Jesus reminds us of His love for all of us. Worship in the collective venue is a vital part of who we are and what we are.
As we journey to our place of worship today may we look around the gathering and see the faces of those who we need in our lives because they are our brethren. The church is a hospital for sick folk of which I am one. We all need the grace of God. As the songs begin lift up your voice together in worship. When the prayers are uttered bow the knee together with your brethren who need the message of prayer. The preaching of the word is a time to hear the redemptive cry of God’s love for you – and for the person to your left and your right; in front of you and behind you. There is no partiality. And when the time comes to reflect upon the supper of Christ our hearts should be crushed with the price paid by the Son of God. Worship together. Praise together. Amen together.
When someone says, “Oh, I can worship God anywhere,” the answer is, “Do you?” (James A. Pike, Beyond Anxiety, 1953)