Every Sunday morning like clockwork.
It is arguably the most stressful morning of the week.
Get the kids showered, dressed, and fed at the same time (not to mention Mom and Dad).
Then load them into the minivan with smiles on their faces (knowing we were once again 10 minutes late to Sunday School).
My wife deserved a medal just for getting us into the church parking lot at any hour.
The problem wasn’t simply religion, it was us.
If anything goes wrong (and it always did), the stress level exploded at everyone.
We placed so much emphasis about going to church at a set day and time, we stopped being the church.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
I stopped going to church because I stopped being the church.
It was a terribly passive form of Christianity.
I now try to approach every new day with the opportunity to be the church.
Every conversation with a friend or a stranger can be the church.
I’m still a huge proponent of regular gatherings in His Name.
I meet up with other Brothers every Tuesday and Friday at a set time and location.
And yes, my family regularly participates in corporate worship on Sunday mornings.
And if we don’t make it for whatever reason, that’s ok.
Mornings are still stressful.
My wife and and I would have to be the Incredibles to have a perfect morning out the door.
But I do have to say…
A daily attitude of being the church takes a lot of the pressure off a weekly attitude of simply going to church.
Otherwise, we mistakenly feel we have one token hour on a Sunday morning to impress God.
Now THAT is stressful!
For additional reference, two of my favorite books on this theme are:
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman
Bo’s Cafe: A Novel by John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNicol
What is your experience and advice about going to church?
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