We go to church seeking to find God there, instead of experiencing the presence of God in the time of worship. So, it is not only being present in a building but how we spend our time there, and what occurs in that time is what influences and animates our life.
In the Byzantine liturgy, the deacon says to the priest, “Father, let us go, it is time for the Lord to act.” The liturgy is the time for the Lord to act.
We can have full confidence that God is present with us, calling us to be holy and sending the Spirit of power and love to help us overcome any discouragement. For God longs for us to share His presence — which is always present and always an unmerited present.