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. For a couple days this week, the humidity has been low and I felt confident enough to tackle some work in the garden. Even though I only spent an hour or two, my allergies flared up and eventually congestion wound up in my bronchial tubes. That and the fact that my husband is just getting over a virus which set him coughing for two weeks, has me staying home from church today. My cough could wake the dead and I really don’t want to pass this on to anyone else.
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. Fortunately our church offers Wednesday night services for those who can’t make it on Sunday. Hopefully I will feel better by then.
Attending church services 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!