As we return to in-person worship, we know that our experiences before Covid-19 will not compare to the ways we enjoyed worship before. Our decisions reach beyond whether or not to sing and lift our voices in worship. Church is a touchy-feely experience by nature. Our worship begins with hugs and handshakes, jokes, and hellos. Our worship begins with a chuckle and pat on the back.
How do we reverence the communal nature of the church without touch? More than ever before we must connect by touching God in worship, not just each other. In times like this, we need a "hem of His garment" experience. An experience where touching God is more important than touching each other.
Here are a few tips on what to do with your hands as we navigate touchless worship.
Lift your hands in worship. The worship leader no longer needs to instruct us on what to do with our hands. We lift our hands and we lift our hearts in praise.
Clap your hands to show agreement while the Word is preached. If response during preaching is the culture of your church, do your neighbor a favor and put your "Amen, Pastor" in your hands. Shouting can release particles and we'll all be safer if you do.
Wave to great your neighbor! Enough said.
Give electronically. As a member of the finance team, we prefer to not handle cash during this time. Online giving is safer for you and us.
Use your hands to complete forms online. Connect cards, prayer requests, service sign-ups are all being managed by online tools. Using your hands on your device to complete these tasks helps us all remain as germ-free as possible.
These are "churchy" common sense things to you, but I guarantee that someone on the row behind you will forget to observe the new worship protocols. In the event this happens to you lay hands on yourself and decree health and healing over your body. Why not? Jesus heals.