Worship 1 Hour a Week
When we worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.
And yes, when we say, “Worship 1 hour a week,” we are talking about going to church. Church worship offers a number of things other means of worship and praise do not. Worshipping in the church means being exposed to ancient customs that have been perfected over centuries of use. Worshipping in the church means being challenged by people and ideas that will cause you to grow and change. Worshipping in the church means being united with the larger body of Christ where many members contribute uniquely to bring to life a larger whole. The Church is the only place you will encounter the sacraments – including especially Baptism and Holy Communion.
In a single generation much has changed about worship in the church. The greatest change of all may be the expectation people of faith now have about what constitutes sufficient church worship in their lives. We know worship in the church can be challenging in many ways. We know your lives are busy and that there are competing goods that can make it hard to worship weekly. But please do not kid yourself: putting God first in your life means setting aside time on every Sabbath day for worship with your church community. There is no substitute.