Praying & Worshipping Together, Apart

The Orthodox Presbyterian Chuch in America has called for today, Saturday, August 21, 2021, to be a day of prayer and fasting that “we might lament our distress and unworthiness before the Lord, confess our sin, and commit ourselves anew to the faithful service of the Lord our God…”  This could not be more appropriate and necessary for the times.

Though churches and famillies are separated by great distance and circumstances, yet the OPC has called for this “that the whole church may pray as one people, and call upon the Lord with one voice..”

This principle, that Christians who are separated by great distance and are not meeting together in one assembly, or possibly in any assembly, yet pray together, and offer to God one public worship (as opposed to each offering simply their own separate, individual worship, unconjoined to the rest), is thoroughly Scriptural and historically reformed.  When the early Church was spread throughout Jerusalem, divided by geography and walls, not being able to see each other, and Peter was in prison (the news being spread by mouth), “prayer [singular] was made without ceasing of the Church [singular] unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

Needless to say, the same principle is very relevant for churches still meeting online (of necessity) to publicly worship under COVID restrictions.  Grow in your knowledge of Scriptural and historic, reformed principles of worship and the mystical communion of the saints through our one Mediator in Heaven with the resources on this page:

On Holding Public Worship & Church Courts by Distance Through Technology, & on Using Satellite Churches, under Necessity & for Edification