Have your “Sundays” changed since the pandemic started this year? I used to start out every Sunday morning going over the Ladies’ Class lesson that I would be teaching in Sunday school. We haven’t had Bible classes on Sunday mornings since April. How I miss our Ladies’ class! Then, we’d have our regular worship service following class. I enjoyed visiting with my church family and catching up with everyone. Now, we’ve got every other row blocked off for social distancing purposes. Instead of having one regular service, we have two “abbreviated” services – one at 9:30 and one at 10:30. I usually go to the 9:30 service, but then I miss getting to see the folks that usually attend the 10:30 service. Oh – and it’s hard not shaking hands or hugging. We don’t have Sunday evening services at this time, and that seems so strange. I’ve never been home on Sunday nights before.
So, while the pandemic has caused some things to change – it hasn’t changed our obligation to assemble on the first day of the week (Hebrews 10:25) as the first century church did. It hasn’t changed our responsibilities to hear God’s Word (Romans 10:17), encourage each other in songs, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19), pray one for another (James 5:16), give as we’ve been prospered (I Corinthians 16:2), and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us by partaking of the communion (Acts 20:7). We must make sure that we remember that the first day of the week is “the Lord’s Day,” and to Him be the honor and glory.
While our routines might be a little different now, as God’s children, our responsibilities have not changed. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). Simply blessed, Courtney