Our pastor, Judy White, recently told the story of a man who was both blind and deaf who insisted on attending church every Sunday. People wondered why he came to church when he could neither see nor hear the service, but he had a good reason. He said, “I want people to know which side I’m on.”
We all recognize "sides" in our lives as in the known and the unknown, prosperity and famine, and profits and losses, but what side is represented by the man in Judy's story? Label that side anyway you want to, studies reveal that only 20% of Americans attend church regularly.
What happens when the latter gather in community each weekend?
In his farewell to his disciples, Jesus said “I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another.”
Corporate worship brings together teachers, builders, speakers, musicians, organizers, administrators and others from all walks of life. Then, as a congregation and in a spirit of love, they become a powerful and dramatic force for good in their communities and throughout the world. They become . . . one body in Christ.
Worshiping together provides an opportunity for everyone to use his or her talents, experience and resources in response to Jesus’ commandment to love each other.
I believe that’s a good side to be on.