Hey PWs out there--do your church folk only come when there's nothing else going on that weekend? Do you find they're out camping, fishing, vacationing on Sunday instead of observing the Lord's Day and worshipping with His people? What do you do? What does your husband do? Does he preach about it from the pulpit? Pray more? Go to individuals privately and inquire why church is such a low priority?
I don't think people realize how their absence affects the entire body. I would notice if I didn't have one of my hands for the day.
We've started a new sport at our house that would ocassionally require us to miss church on Sundays. This is not an option. At all. And it doesn't matter who tries to convince us otherwise. In fact, one of the more seasoned members' mother told me today on the phone that in the long run, missing a Sunday here or there doesn't really matter.
Missing a ribbon or trophy that will eventually just collect dust in a box in the attic DOESN'T REALLY MATTER.
My son's soul, his spiritual well being, his need to be fed the Word and fellowship with God's people, these are eternal things.