This Sunday, Oct 27, is going to be a very busy day for many of us here at Community. We have worship and Sunday School that morning (David Balzer is preaching) and a Fall Festival that night. And though it may stretch some of us to invest that much time in worship and ministry, it is surely worth it.
Obviously for the Christian, corporate worship is priority. But let's be careful and not just think of it as some optional event we need in order to feel better about ourselves. Read what Bob Kauflin says about corporate worship.
On Sundays God wants us to do more than sing songs together and have wonderful worship experiences. He wants to knit the fabric of our lives together. For many, church has become all about me – what I’m learning, what I’m seeking, what I’m desperate for, what I need, how I’ve been affected, what I can do. We see ourselves as isolated individuals all seeking personal encounters with God, wherever we can find them. Sadly, this reflects our individualistic, me-obsessed culture. Rather than seeing ourselves as part of a worship community, we become worship consumers. We want worship on demand, served up in our own time, and with our own music.Let's seek to move away from a "consumer" approach toward worship and understand the great value in its corporate nature.
And then on Sunday evening we have the privilege to love and serve others through our Fall Festival. This isn't some magical event that will "work" simply because we have designated it as a missional opportunity. Rather, we, as followers of Jesus, must see it as a tool that is placed in our hands to use for the advancement and building of God's Kingdom. So come and bring your kids ... come and meet other parents and kids who will be there ... come and serve even if you don't have kids ... come and help facilitate this event for the glory of God. And please be praying that God will bring many unbelieving and unchurched families who we may reach out to and somehow point them to Jesus Christ.
So for many of us, Sunday may be a long day. We may find ourselves around 8:30 Sunday night absolutely exhausted because of our participation with the church. But I trust that in our weariness we'll remember that someone else might have been blessed, that perhaps a life was changed, that maybe someone encountered the true Gospel for the first time in their life, that some family was introduced to the love that only God's people can offer, that eternal hope and joy was given to someone who was ready to give up, and that God was glorified by the work of His people. And also, that in our physical weariness we'll understand that ultimate rest and strength comes in and through the finished work of Jesus Christ. He alone is our true rest. Inactivity and lack of involvement with God's people actually diminishes our resting in Christ.