Dear Rockford Reformed Church family,
Let’s be honest – this is one heck of a crazy time. School is cancelled, TP is nowhere to be found, and people are working from home. The other day I left Aldi, and the person in front of me had twelve bottles of vegetable oil (why in the world does anyone need that much vegetable oil!?). So much going on, and now we aren’t even gathering together for worship on Sunday mornings?
I can imagine there might be a tendency to get frustrated. Some might have questions like, “how can we worship if we can’t meet together?” or “how are our kids going to learn about the Bible?” Those are valid concerns that I hope to address and maybe help us navigate through, during this weird and unfamiliar situation.
For those of us with younger families; singing together is extremely spiritually valuable to us and our kids. Matthew Henry, one of the great pastors and leaders of the Church in the late 17th century, had this to say about family worship: “They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all.” I encourage you, in this time, to make the most of your Sunday mornings as a family. Sing songs together. It won’t be perfect, your kids might think it's weird or awkward (my son, Matthew, hates when Melissa and I try to make him sing), but you will help lay a foundation for your kids’ faith. Worshiping as a family helps bind our families together, teach the next generation about worship, and most importantly puts the gospel on display in our homes.
In order to best serve you all to worship as a family, I wanted to give you links to downloadable sheet music, chord charts, lyric sheets, and YouTube videos. Whether you prefer listening to music videos and singing along, or if you’d rather gather around the family piano, or sit in a circle with a guitar, however you choose to sing together as a family, we will have the resources to do so.
As you sing together, I want to encourage you to consider a few things. First, think about how these songs lead you to recognizing God’s glory, majesty, and holiness. Second, consider the words that we are singing and how they aid us in confession of our sins to God and praising Him for our redemption through Jesus’ work on the cross. Finally, try to find out how the closing song reinforces Pastor Tim’s sermon, and meditate on that song for the next week or so. Remember, music is a tool given by God for us to meditate on God’s word and allow it to dwell in us.
We may be scattered throughout west Michigan right now, unable to worship side by side, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still worshiping together in Spirit. We gather together as the scattered church to sing praise to our God and proclaim his goodness and grace. Let us all remember the words Paul wrote to the Church in Rome: “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” I look forward to worshiping with you all again soon.
I pray that our homes may be marked by peace, and filled with gospel-centered worship.