What does it mean when we gather together in worship? When we gather, God comes down to us.
- He comes to us—giving us His very own body and blood in, with, and under the bread and the wine in the Lord’s Supper.
- He comes to us as we recall the promise of His Word spoken to us when He claimed us as His own and celebrate it in the presence of other brothers and sisters in Christ—“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- God comes all the way down to us and gives us His Word which proclaims to us that we ARE forgiven of ALL our sin “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (something each one of us desperately needs to hear every single week).
- And, in the worship service, the Holy Spirit weaves throughout the congregation during the preaching of His Word, strengthening and encouraging those who are His children in their faith in Him.
Each of these gifts are offered by God and received by His people when they have gathered together in the worship service.
When we gather together in worship, we gather to hear God’s Word proclaimed to us and the Word proclaims that Christ has already won our battle! Jesus Christ has already defeated sin, death, and the power of the devil! He fought that battle for you and for me on the cross. And, when we gather together for worship, we learn that He continues do battle for us, right here and right now, giving His victory on the cross to you and me from the pulpit, at the baptismal font, and at the altar. Thanks be to God!
It’s in the worship service that He has chosen to feed and strengthen us through His Word and through the gifts of grace that are so freely offered. In the worship service, we can know God because we humbly come together on HIS terms rather than our own.
We are NOT the acting agent in worship. God is. Therefore, let us humbly gather together in worship and rejoice in all that He has done for us.
Shalom in Jesus, our Risen Messiah,
Pastor Peter M. Peitsch