Yesterday was a strange day. It was the first Sunday this year that we missed a Sunday morning service. It was one of those days where obstacles got in our way and prevented us from having our normal Sunday.
We planned to go to church on Sunday night so that we could worship with our fellow church members and also attend the church business meeting. We arrived to find out that the meeting had been cancelled for some reason.
Our worship leader is on vacation, so someone else was filling in. It was good, but it was different. ( I also found that this person was from my hometown and graduated high school at the other school in town the same year I did.)
The bottom line is that everything was different yesterday. Nothing was like the typical Sunday for us. At one point in my life I would have been stressed over everything being different.
Hopefully I have learned to just roll with the punches.
Have you ever had a Sunday that was totally different from the normal one?
By the time you are reading this, Easter is over. The eggs are gone. There is probably some leftover chocolate. What else, though, can I say about Sunday at church.
Simply put, we celebrated.
Sure, we celebrate every Sunday, but we seem to celebrate a little “harder” on Easter Sunday.
We celebrated the gospel. Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He was raised on the third day.
It is this gospel that binds all of us at my church (and your church too) together. Nothing else.
One of the things that I have tried to focus on this year is community. This gospel is what makes this community of believers possible.
I could go on and on about all of the details of what went on at my church on Easter.
Simply put, like I said before, we celebrated the gospel that makes us a community of faith.
That is what Easter is about.
Not the bunny.
Not the eggs.
Not the chocolate.
It’s about the work of Christ.
That’s what I love about my church. It’s about the work of Christ.
How was your Easter Sunday?
Today is Sunday. Most everyone who reads this blog will join together with other believers and followers of Christ in local assemblies to worship today. There is something that I have wanted to tell everyone for some time. Today is probably as good of a time to do so.
I love Chik-Fil-A.
I love their original chicken sandwich.
I love their chicken salad sandwich.
I love the spicy chicken sandwich.
I love their waffle fries. With ketchup. And buffalo dipping sauce.
I love that Truett Cathy created a business that does its best to live out values that glorify Christ. Do they get it right 100%? No. But neither do you or me.
I love that Chik-Fil-A invests in young people
I love that I can get a Chik-Fil-A sandwich any day of the week. I can get one before going to church on Wednesday.
But not today. I cannot get one after church today. That makes me sad.
Which means there is one thing that I don’t love about Chik-Fil-A.
Do you love Chik-Fil-A? What do you love most about them?
Do you ever have one of those Sundays?
It started early and cold.
We got started toward church late due to not planning well enough.
We got to church between the end of Sunday School and the beginning of the worship time. A couple of people from our class saw us and told us that they missed us.
The music in service seemed, to me, to focus on Forever. Two of the songs spoke of Forever, It reminded me of something I had read earlier in the morning. It said to begin with the end in sight. I wonder if we do that as believers? Do we really do what we do with the thought of where we will end up on our minds?
The sermon spoke to whether or not we are desperate as believers. Not desperate in the sense of not having hope. Desperate in the sense of looking at God through Christ for everything in our lives. I think it was a timely message.
Just from my observation, I believe it serves our church well to have an interim pastor right now. I believe that this man will help the church be in a “Go!” position when the new pastor comes.
No one has asked me. We haven’t joined the church yet. I would suggest not forming a search team until after Easter. I tink that the first three months should be spent with the team praying and developing a process they will use to search for the pastor. At that point, around July, I would then begin the actual search. But like I said, we haven’t joined.
On the other hand, I was asked to serve as an usher to take up the offering.
It was a good time in the church house yesterday.
How was your Sunday?
It’s two weeks until the big day. Fourteen days until Christmas Day. Christmas lands squarely on a Sunday this year. This means you have a decision to make.
Will you be going to church on Christmas Day?
Now maybe that’s not a decision for some of you. Maybe you don’t go to church at all, so you don’t have to decide whether you will go or not.
Perhaps you are like me. You are in the middle of a church search and it seems somewhat awkward to go to church anywhere in a couple of weeks.
Maybe the decision has been made for you. Maybe your church is having a Christmas Eve service and will not have any services on Christmas Day.
For some of you, your church will have services, albeit abbreviated.
That is the question I have today. Will you be going church or will that interfere with all of the hoopla of Christmas Day?
So, what will it be for you on the day that we celebrate as Christ’s birthday.
Will you be going to church on Christmas Day?
I alway wonder why, on any given Sunday, why any of us are going to church. Before I get into why I am going to church today, let me share why I might have gone in the past.
Because my mom and dad made me.
Because I am supposed to go.
Because God wants me there
To teach Sunday school.
To make sure that I am seen and I don’t fall out of the thoughts of everyone.
Because the preacher will see me.
Because I’m a deacon
I’m sure that I could keep going. The problem with this list is that I honestly don’t think any of them are the right reason to attend church services. It also doesn’t contain the reason I go today.
So, why do I attend church on any given Sunday? I think the picture of the poster contains the answer.
Life is a contact sport. Going to church is an opportunity to worship and contact God while others are worshipping and contacting God. It’s an opportunity to do in a corporate setting what I should be doing individually on a daily basis. It’s easy to take my eyes off of this and come up with any other reason for going to church.
I go to church on any given Sunday so that I can worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I go to church because I want to .
So, why are you going to church any given Sunday?
Have you ever thought about whether your church thinks globally? I don’t mean whether or not your church gives money to international missions like my Southern Baptist church does. We give a certain amount of our money to what we call the Cooperative Program that supports missions. We take up an offering called the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that supports international missions. At Easter, it’s the Annie Armstrong to support North American missions.
But back to the original question: Does your church think globally?
Does your church do more than take up money? Does your church send mission teams out locally? Does your church send teams out regionally? Nationally? Internationally? For me, thinking globally is being outwardly focused? Is your church outwardly focused?
Or is it focused solely on what’s going on within the four walls? Is it focused on what’s happening on Sunday and Wednesday?
Please don’t tell me that people are doing things to help out, but are being so “spiritual” that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. I’m talking about our churches being proactive and intentional in going out into their communities, regions, states, nations or the world.
I believe that churches who are truly following Christ are thinking globally? They are focused on what’s going on outside the four walls. Sundays and Wednesdays are time to worship and “fuel up” together for doing just that.
So, back to the question
Is your church thinking globally?