Dear Campbell UMC,
The season of “Spring Break” is here! What an amazing time of year this is. With everything happening around us, changes in weather, schedules transitioning from winter to summer, the opportunities of Spring ripening everywhere, I would like to offer this encouragement to each of you.
Please do not take a “Spring Break” from worship.
I do not pay attention to worship attendance numbers in order to convey how “successful” the congregation is; I do pay attention to worship attendance numbers because of how strongly I feel about the importance of worship. Worship is the heart of the individual disciple’s life, and at the same time worship is the heart of the corporate life of a community of faith.
In 2009, worship attendance at Campbell trended downward as the weather warmed upward, and I’d like to avoid that this year. Here are a few of my thoughts, in random order:
+ If the weather is beautiful and you have plans for your Sunday, come to the 8:20 service. You’ll be out and on your way by 9:20, with just about the whole day in front of you. You could be at the lake by lunch time, easily!
+ If you are traveling for the weekend, make a part of your preparations checking the worship times of area churches, and attend worship where you are. Not only will your spiritual life be enhanced, you might just bring home an idea or two from the congregation with whom you worship.
+ If you have guests for a weekend, they should by all means be invited to attend worship with you, rather than assume they will not want to come. If they don’t want to, they’ll tell you! Plus, it’s not bad hospitality to lay out a breakfast for your guests and leave them for a little while as you come to worship.
For me, the bottom line is this: Christians need to worship with other Christians every single week. It’s what we do – it’s how we’re made – it’s who we are.
Maybe we could think about it this way: We do not take a “Spring Break” from worship; in a way worship is our “Spring Break” from the world!
I’ll see you in church,