How to Worship When Church Is Cancelled

Having to cancel church is horrible! I’d rather be slapped upside the head a dozen times than have to cancel church!

But tomorrow, Jan 8, hundreds of congregations in the south (and elsewhere I’m sure) have decided it better not to risk injury or worse. With snow, ice, and temperatures that will not rise above 30 degrees by 11am, driving conditions are extremely less than ideal, and it seems wise to encourage parishioners to stay safe. Our little flock has made this same painful choice.

Christians, however, will feel a huge void. It is difficult to miss a meal, and even more difficult to miss a spiritual meal. In order to avoid wasting the Lord’s Day, I’d like to make the following suggestions:

Click and sing along with the following songs:

(If you’re not familiar with this one yet, you’re gonna love it)

Next, read and meditate on the following passage of Scripture:

Philippians 4:1-23 (ESV) Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Now, spend 15 minutes in prayer (Adoration, Confession of sin, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).

Finally, choose one or more of these sermons and listen all the way through:

Not the Same, but Helpful!

I admit, working through this list is not the same as actually being at church with God’s people, but it will help you enjoy a spiritual meal nonetheless. Of course, there are many other options—you may pick different songs, different sermons, etc. Some larger churches even livestream their services, so you could click and join them (like Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA, for example).

Consider having this time with your families as well. You could have your own little “house church” (he he).

The bottom line: Snow and ice should not stop worship even if it does stop travel! “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Psalm 107:2), even when you’re stuck at the house!