Yesterday I was deeply moved by Worship and Sunday School at St. Giles.
My co-teacher and I had two students in Sunday School. Larger churches might have 25 children in Sunday School. Or thirty. Should I be disappointed? No way. Jack and Ian were great company as we unpacked what the “Lectio Divina” is. We explored the components of the Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, et cetera. We took a field trip around our campus. I pointed out the buildings: the Taylor Education building, the fellowship hall/youth building, the preschool, the gym, and the sanctuary.
On some Monday Mornings I post Sunday’s sermon. Here’s yesterday’s sermon. The questions still linger. What are your thoughts?
Cracked Cisterns/Jeremiah 2:4-13
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about church attendance and active church involvement. A lot of tricky questions have floated to the surface.
(1) Do you have to go to church to be a Christian?
(2) What kind of Christian are you without going to church?
Paul describes the church as being “the body of Christ.” We each are part of the body—an elbow, a knee, the pancreas—and we each have been blessed with different gifts to be used for the common good of the body. This metaphor begs us to ask: What kind of body part am I if I’m not attached to the body? Am I still part of the body? Perhaps I am. In the case of a real, human body, I am the amputated part. I am the dead or dying part.
I was born and raised in the sight of water in Hampton, Virginia. I was baptized and nurtured in the Presbyterian church. There was never a time when weekly worship attendance, the giving of ...