Acts of Worship (Love God/Together)
We focus on what John Wesley called, “the means of grace” by gathering together. The temptation for Americans in particular is to make spirituality simply an individual expression. Our participation together in worship is more important than just what we take away from it as individuals. Our presence is a witness and a support to others on the journey. We need each other to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We come together on the first day of the week to celebrate what God is doing through us as individuals and the victories in our missional communities. The New Testament writer paints a beautiful picture of what it means to love God together:
…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:22-25)