Should I Skip Service this Sunday?
I read a poignant article by Sarah Piercy about church attendance. Here’s what she wrote…
Quite honestly, I didn’t think missing a Sunday was a big deal. It’s not a sin. It’s not earth-shattering. When I had a baby, I started to participate in our church community like most people do…missing one or two times a month. And everything changed.
Because, when I miss a Sunday service, I miss way more than I ever thought. Yes, I can watch online when I’m sick or out-of-town, but—given the choice—attending on Sunday trumps all else. Every time. Why? When I skip Sunday service…
1. I miss uninterrupted time to hear from God
When I listen to the service at home I have a long to-do list. A child that loves attention. A phone that rings. Floors to sweep. Laundry to fold. Neighbors’ dogs barking. I almost never absorb the message in the same way as I do when physically present on Sunday.
When I’m in the service, I have uninterrupted time to focus on what God is teaching me. My child is being cared for, my phone is on silent, and there are no chores waiting for me.
2. I miss the value of worshiping God through music with others
Something intangible happens when we worship God—out loud—with hundreds of people who share faith in Jesus. Sundays are an irreplaceable opportunity to take a step back from the busy day-to-day and directly praise the God who loves me and is incredibly worthy of my worship.
3. I miss the power and movement of the Church
Imagine this: Your life is a babbling brook. It’s beautiful, but what happens when you cross paths with another brook…and another…and another? Niagara falls happens!
In the same way, 100s (or 1000s) of people moving in the same God-given direction is POWERFUL. When I miss Sundays, I miss how God is moving our church community to action. I don’t want to miss being part of the power and movement of God’s Church.