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 listen for God’s wisdom
Sure, you can hear great teaching in a variety of ways. But listening online is different than listening in the service.
When I listen 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. Time to focus on what God is teaching me and reflecting on how He wants me to grow. 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
There’s something intangible that 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.
Music roots my heart and mind in the truth of who God is. It remembers and celebrates powerful scripture. It leads me to humble myself before God’s majesty in a way that doesn’t always happen with music playing in the car or in the background while I do the dishes.
3. I miss the power and movement of the Church
Imagine this: Your life is a babbling brook. It twists and turns and bubbles and splashes. It’s beautiful, but has little strength. But, what happens when you cross paths with another brook. And another. And another?
Niagara Falls happens! (Note: did you know Niagara Falls generates enough energy to power almost 4 million homes? No babbling brook does that.)
In the same way, 100s (or 1000s) of people moving in the same God-given direction is POWERFUL. And it doesn’t happen when we are disengaged. 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.
Plus, if I’m not there, then how can I bring anyone with me? So now, I do everything I can to attend a Sunday service. Because when I miss a Sunday, I miss way more than I ever thought.