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Church Attendance

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.

THESE MATTER.

3 comments:

I would say that our attendance is probably slightly larger than 50-60% of the official membership. The ones that attend, attend weekly. We do have retired couples that travel often and miss about once a month, but they attend church where ever they are. During the summer months, most everyone misses occasionally while on vacation. We have very few once a monthers, and not many Easter/Christmas attenders. Our members either attend regularly or not at all. Thankfully, when our son was little league age, they didn't do games on Sunday, but now they do - I don't understand it at all.

May 31, 2007 at 10:41 PM  

I hate it that some people miss church for sports. That is ridiculous. We have never done it with our teenagers and I will not let it happen with our younger kids. It sends a real message about where the priorities are.

June 2, 2007 at 10:42 AM  

Perhaps, we don't miss church because of activities, but that the church is considered only to be one more activity. When the church stopped being about our soul, but an avenue for entertainment, the fellowship suffered. Church is an essential part of building our spirituality. When we miss, we jeapordize much more than the community of believers; we do more than letting down individuals. We jeapordize the types of souls we are meant to develop.

June 10, 2007 at 4:07 PM  

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