Have you noticed that there are various rhythms of life? Ecclesiastes 3 describes them as seasons; to be born, to die,… Living organisms have different physiological changes; sleeping, waking, growing… Christians have rhythms as well. Webster defines rhythm as, “a flow, movement, procedure, etc. characterized by regular recurrence of elements or features, as beat, or accent, in alternation with opposite or different elements or features (the rhythm of speech, dancing, the heartbeat, etc.)”
These are rhythms of discipleship; patterns, movements, procedures and flows that we must learn to master together if we are going to follow Him. Jesus sets the pattern, we move to His voice, His beat, His rhythm as we walk with Him and live for Him.
Our Rhythms of Discipleship series was originally conceived by the pastors to have more interaction, but this was before Covid-19 and our need to stay at home to be safe. We will eventually be coming back together to be more interactive, but as we head into the summer, we want to present these rhythms and ways for us to do them together as we grow in our relationship with Christ.
In the following weeks, some of the rhythms we will be sharing are serving, worship, confessing, and submitting together. As God speaks to us, let’s follow Him together.
I know many of you, like myself, miss being able to physically meet on Sundays. And while next week we begin our process of shifting towards physical gatherings, I must say I have been so proud and impressed with how the Laurelwood Community has embraced our online gatherings. What we have seen the past 16 weeks is a beautiful picture of worshipping together; still engaging in church and relationships even when we can’t physically meet.
And I think the reason our church has responded so positively to online church is because many people are aware, on some level, of the value and importance of worshipping together and being in relationship together. So this Sunday, we will explore the theology behind worshipping together. We’ll look at WHY it really is important, even during a pandemic, to find ways to worship together. And of course, we will take time during the service—during the message even—to worship together through declaring who God is, through scripture, and through song. Join us for this special time of worshipping together.
This Sunday join us as we go over the importance of reading scripture together. While reading scripture alone is a great practice to do as disciples, there is also great power in reading scripture as a community. I hope this message inspires all of us to grow in this area of following Jesus together.
Some people dance because they are happy, some do it to compete with others, some as a romantic gesture, and sadly, many of us don’t dance at all. Yet, God invites us into the dance of discipleship as we follow Him together. Let’s see what some of the movements in this new series, “Our Rhythms of Discipleship” in “The Dance of Discipleship.”