Most Sunday mornings, I get up and go to church. There are great benefits of actually going to a physical building, and interacting with other Christians, but at times, it may not be possible. For instance, this morning, my son is very sick, so while my husband and daughter went to church, I opted to stay home from church and take care of my son.
I’ll admit I’ll miss something by not actually attending church this morning. I’ll miss the hugs, the conversation, and catching up with some of my friends.
But thankfully, I’ll still get in on some of the important elements of the church experience, including worship and Bible teaching, all while wearing my pajamas.
Here’s how I’ll “go” to church in my pajamas this morning.
First, I decided that I’d like to attend church at Calvary Chapel Aurora this morning, right here in my living room. This is possible because just a few weeks ago, Calvary Chapel in Aurora, Colorado started to web cast their church services live.
I can choose to “attend” either their 8:45 a.m. church service or their 10:45 a.m. church service. All I have to do is go to the church’s website and then click on their video link. As soon as their church service starts, it’s like I’m right there with them.
When the church service starts, I can hear the music, see the words for the worship songs that they are singing in church this morning, and so on. I see the people interacting with each other. I’m able to listen to their announcements, as if I am sitting there myself. I’m also able to participate in the responsive Bible reading, as I hear and see the pastor and the congregation read this morning’s Bible selection from the book of Psalms. I pray along with the others while they pray, right as they are praying in the church. In fact, as I listen and watch the church service on the web, the Pastor, Ed Taylor, prays for those of us listening on the web. That simple prayer helps me to feel involved and cared for. I’m able to pray and worship right there with the rest of them, knowing that I am not alone in my worship.
Finally, I can listen to the sermon that is being preached during the church service, at the same time it is being preached. Right here, at my computer, I have an open Bible and a notebook for taking notes. Today, I am able to enjoy a great sermon from the book of Romans, as I “go” to church in my pajamas.
This has a different feel to it than simply putting on a worship CD and then reading the Bible on my own, although those are good alternatives also when you can’t actually attend church for some reason. However, somehow, going to church by attending a live web cast helps me to feel less isolated than if I was simply reading the Bible and worshiping alone.
I still believe that actually going to church is a better option, but when sickness or other issues keep you from attending a physical church building, consider going to church in your pajamas by participating in a church service live on the web!