"And he went to the synagogue, as was his custom, on the Sabbath day." Luke 4:16
Those four little words, "as was his custom," show up one other time in the book of Luke. Near the end of his life, we read that Jesus "went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives" (22:39).
Jesus worshipped regularly with his community "as was his custom", and Jesus spent time in private prayer "as was his custom."
Nazareth was an ordinary town with ordinary people. I imagine it was "average" worship--nothing too flashy or inspiring--but it was Jesus custom to attend.
There is growing talk of people worshipping outside of church. Some forego church as we know it in favor of walks through the woods, home worship, or podcasting.
It was in the Son of God's custom to go to the synagogue. If anyone could make a case for not needing to worship at the synagogue surely it was Jesus. But he doesn't. Jesus doesn't argue that he can better connect with the Father elsewhere. He attends the synagogue in Nazareth...as was his custom.
(I'm preaching from this text next week, and although I'm using a different approach to this passage, I'd certainly welcome any thoughts or insights that might come to mind.)