As a pastor, I don’t obsess about numbers, but I do notice them. And the numbers I’ve noticed over the past few weeks have been lower than average worship attendance numbers.
Our annual average worship attendance is 523, but over the last two months it is 454. Whether it be the flu, the construction, the lake, or the Chiefs, the last several weeks have been a little bit off. And this is something that I notice – not to obsess over, but rather to respond to.
So let me encourage you to pause today and think over the last few Sundays. Who have you missed seeing in worship? Who could you call or email or text today and let them know you’ve missed them? Who could you reach out to and say, “Hey, I’ll see you at church this week!”
Worship is the pulse of our spiritual lives, and that pulse rate weakens when it is not exercised. We gather each week to praise, to share, to pray together, and to center ourselves in God. Worship ought to be a Christian’s “default mode” for life!
Now, Sunday is coming, and we’re getting ready to gather for worship again. Here at Campbell, you’ve got three shots at it – 8:20, 9:30, or 10:50. I am hoping to see you there!
Grace and Peace, Andy B.