It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro (“hallow”, “consecrate”), from sacer (“sacred”, “holy”)) that make them sacred, worshipful acts.
The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well).
But in reality, every activity done for the glory of God is a sacrament. There aren’t two or three or eight sacraments. There are thousands upon thousands. Anywhere the Holy Spirit inspires or moves us, we are performing a sacrament.
Sacraments take place everywhere Christians are present, not just within the walls of church buildings or through the blessings of ordained priests.
All who are reborn in Christ are priests, and any work in which Christ’s followers engage for His glory is blessed and holy – is a sacrament – because it is touched by the Holy Spirit.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2:9
Indeed, all work of the Spirit is sacred. All Spirit work is sacramental.
In the same way, all religion, all works, all “sacraments” completed without the presence of the Spirit are dead.
A church without the presence of a single true believer – and therefore likely without the presence of the Holy Spirit – would not receive any benefit from “dutiful” religious observation of the sacraments.
It is not simply the sacraments which connect us to God, but the Spirit of God who connects us to the sacraments. It is God living inside us Who breathes life into everything around us.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:14
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Religious acts or processions apart from belief in Christ are pointless. They do not save us, and they are not worshipful.
Apart from Christ living inside our hearts, the sacraments are meaningless at best, and dangerous, deceptive, or deadly at worst.