We need each other. The idea of community in the worship process may seem strange to some. However, while private, independent, worship has its place in the process we, as God’s creations, long to be with others as we worship. Community allows us to feel free to collectively express our love to God in many ways.
Community can be as simple as gathering together to sing praises to our Creator. While one voice praising and crying out to God is beautiful, the sound of a congregation of believers lifting their voices allows people to feel free to join in and take part. Numerous times throughout the New Testament, believers simply brought their personal worship and joined with the group of believers to worship and to feel that they belonged. In Acts 2 we see the believers on the day of Pentecost. These people are not in their separate homes feeling alone and individual. They have come together again to meet and to worship and to seek God’s face. They are together and amazing things take place. The Bible says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.”
Community in the worship process also means using the church’s unified body to do good in the community. As we have looked at the past, worship is more than songs and prayers; worship is doing something that brings God glory. We get so caught up in religion and tradition that we forget that is doesn’t matter if we sing hymns or choruses, it doesn’t matter when we take up the offering. True worship, true “religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. (James 1:26-27)” If more of us lived this simple passage, our worship would be so sweet to God. If more of us lived this passage there would be more of us “Christians” in the world and less orphans and hurting people.