Going to church for me has been a part of Sunday for as long as I can remember. When I don’t go, I feel something is missing. Today is one of those days. I’ve been aggressively attacking my garden and being an asthma sufferer, I always pay the consequences. Allergies flair up and eventually congestion winds up in my bronchial tubes, leaving me with a hacking cough that would wake the dead.
The act of church attendance isn’t what gets us to heaven, but it can be an exceptional habit. When we reserve one special day a week to praise our God, thank and worship Him, we’re also making a connection with Him. Of course we can do that any time or any day, but setting one day aside for Him reminds us of all He’s done for us.
It also gives us the confidence to face another week. We can share concerns for our fellow Christians, partake in the sacraments, sing beautiful hymns of praise, repent of our sins, ask for forgiveness and gratefully receive it. Through corporate worship we can also lift each other’s spirits, know that God is in our midst and get motivated to share the good news of the Gospel with others.
Some folks say the church is full of hypocrites – people who act one way on Sundays and completely different the rest of the week. The church is full of sinners who need to be forgiven and nourished. God invites everyone to share in His blessings when He calls us to His house.
PSALM 95:1-2 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!