Why Go to Church?
A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I’ve gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
This familiar story is a wonderful parable about the importance of worship. Worship is one of the main purposes that we exist as a church. It is the high point of the week. It nourishes us, sustains us, and empowers us to face the daily challenges of life. It is when we invest ourselves in preparing and participating in weekly that we become the church God calls us to be.
On Sunday for worship we will begin a brand-new series of messages exploring the vision for the church. Join us this week as we look at the importance of worship in our lives.