From the Pastor's Desk
It’s the Summer Time Slump!
As I looked out on the sanctuary this morning, on Memorial Day weekend, I was a bit saddenedby the spaces between the gathered worshippers. Then I started to think about my sadness –
why was I so sad about whether or not folks attended? I had to admit that, in part, it was because it’s way more fun to preach to a full church than to an empty one.
But it’s much more than that. After one service this spring in which two of the kids were being particularly disruptive, I spoke with them individually. I asked if they knew why I was sad that
they didn’t try to pay attention – and then told them it was because they missed out hearing about God’s love for them.
I think that’s the real reason the summertime slump makes me sad. Because when you are not in worship, you are missing out. You miss out on gaining new insight on God’s Word for you. You
miss out on the connection, the fellowship with others who would gladly walk with you through your trials. You miss out on an opportunity to present yourself to God, and to know God’s experience.
You miss out of participation in the Means of God’s grace – scripture, prayer, study, worship, and especially Holy Communion.
I did some reading on the subject, and found another who has a similar perspective. Talbot Davis is pastor of Good Shepherd UMC in Charlotte, NC. He writes,
“Here are a few reasons why I’m passionate about people carving out time to worship …
- It says to family, friends, the world: “You’re not setting the agenda for my life and my calendar. God is.”
- It reminds you that while there may be an old old story how a Savior come from glory … but that old story still shapes and molds the trajectory of your life whether you know it or not.
- It says to YOU: “You’re part of something bigger than yourself.”
- It’s an opportunity to gather with a bunch of other flawed, broken people who in general have the courage to acknowledge just how flawed and broken they are.
- It connects you to sages and saints from ages past. And in a world that mistakenly believes newer is better and younger is smarter, that anchor in history is vitally important.
- It engages your mind as you gain insights into Scripture that would not have occurred to you reading it alone.
- It speaks to your heart as you realize during worship that many songwriters have the same longings and desires as you … they just have the gift of articulating it well.
- It puts your body, mind, and soul in alignment with God’s design for a weekly rhythm: work, rest, worship. Work, rest, worship.
See you in church!