Worshipping in Captivity

Communion at Home - April 2020Our communion and coffee tray

We “did church” at home again yesterday, our new norm for Sundays. We even took communion with ordinary bread and an ordinary cup, temporarily made holy (set apart, dedicated) for the purpose. It was a surprisingly sweet and intimate moment. And as we did…

I couldn’t help but think of the ancient Israelites who, after being taken into captivity by the Babylonians, were forced to worship their God and celebrate Passover in secret in their homes.

In fact, it was in captivity that they learned to trust Him as never before. We’ve all been taken captive these days by the coronavirus pandemic. And many are learning to worship and trust their Creator as never before.

It’s nothing new, after all. We’ve lived through a far greater plague, and a much longer-lasting captivity. In fact, this very week, traditionally called Holy Week, we commemorate the moment our Creator reached down into our place of isolation, and through his Son, the Messiah, broke the bonds that separate us from Him. He freed us and continues to free us, if we will, from our captivity to sin and brokenness. Yes, it’s true that not everyone believes, but everyone has experienced the result of this greatest of all plagues: our shattered humanity.

Are there lions or fiery furnaces yet to face? Perhaps, but we’ll meet them with faith, knowing we’ve already been set free.

And soon we will return Home.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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26 Responses to Worshipping in Captivity

  1. Gail Perry says:

    Thank you, once again. And once again, Amen! Does your church have a Maundy Thursday service?

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    Amen. You’re right… there really is something unexpectedly “sweet and intimate” about worship at home.

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  3. My favorite part of this post is the last sentence: “And soon we will return Home.” Yaaay! Hallelujah!

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  4. This was a very special experience

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  5. vegtutor says:

    Beautiful! We also did communion at home on Sunday. Very meaningful.
    Thanks for posting 🙂

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  6. Love the analogy. 🙂

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  7. My Muslim converts to Christ have had to do this for years. Fearing for heir lives, every Sunday they lock their doors, whisper their songs, take the Lord’s Supper, read a scripture from a flash drive normally hidden in their yard because it is illegal to own a Bible, and pray that some day they will be able to find other Christians to worship with. Their neighbors may be Christians but they do not know it because their neighbors, too, are worshiping in secret fearing for their own lives. They are my heroes.

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  8. Eliza says:

    Thanks for the smile

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  9. Bill Sweeney says:

    Amen. I’m more thankful for my blogging family in these days of isolation.

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  10. We didn’t have any bread in the house, so I’m hoping a bit pancake was acceptable …

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  11. Beautiful.

    “In fact, it was in captivity that they learned to trust Him as never before.”

    This is my prayer.

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  12. eghoff777 says:

    Though this crisis has caused much disruption to the ‘norm’, there is an opportunity for everyone to SLOW DOWN and reflect on their lives. Questions can be thoughtfully examined and answered without the rush of outside interests pulling at our minds.

    I am content to look to God and renew my trust in Him during this tough time. He always provides and always will.

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  13. In these times of uncertainty, there are many lessons to be learned. I have worshipped in captivity for a number of years. The beauty of it all is that the church has become where I stand. Great post.

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