Q: I know it would be preferable to go to church on the Sabbath, but the closest Adventist church is 40 minutes away. It would be difficult financially to attend every Saturday. In addition, I have a baby and sometimes baby inconveniences arise. Is there any way I can still worship the Lord on His Sabbath in my home by Bible study and prayer? — Lizbeth, from the United States
A: Lisbeth, while it is possible to worship the Lord anywhere, the Bible encourages believers to gather together for worship. In Hebrews 10:23-25 we read: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Of course, the “Day” referred to in this text is that wonderful day when Jesus returns.
There is spiritual strength, courage and hope that comes from gathering with like-minded believers to study, sing, worship, and pray together. And there are special Sabbath school classes provided for adults and children — even for the very youngest. You won’t want your precious children to miss out on this!
In addition, many churches have a nursery where mothers can go with their young children during the church service, but where they will still be able to see and hear the service going on in the sanctuary.
A church family can provide spiritual and emotional support during rough times, and a place to rejoice together during happy times. You can develop lifelong friends there, that you will have not only in this life, but for eternity!
I encourage you to talk with the pastor about the challenges you face in being able to attend each week. Perhaps there are church members who live near you with whom you could ride, or maybe other helpful arrangements could be made.