This Sunday at our church (Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church), we are having what we are calling “Fall Back into Church Sunday.” Summer was a time for vacations and doing lots of fun things, and we always didn’t make it to church on Sundays as we probably should have. But school has begun, and we are back into a routine of being at home more. Your church may have some sort of fall kickoff similar to ours where the church begins new fall programs for Sunday School or Youth Groups. But have you ever wondered why we even go to church?
What is a church anyway? Although we think of the church as a building, it much more than just bricks, concrete, and wood. It is a community of believers, called together to do God’s work here on earth. The church is people just like you and me, united to share God’s example of love, hope, and grace. Of course, the main reason we go to church is to worship God. We meet together to learn about Him from the Bible, sing His praises through music, and pray and ask for His forgiveness of our sins. He loves to listen to us as we learn, sing, and honor Him each week. Matthew 18:20 says, “Wherever two or more of you are gathered in My name, I am there among them.” So God is with us each week in our church services.
The church was God’s gift to us. He established the church after Jesus went back to heaven because God wanted His community of faith to continue always. Early Christians met together even through persecution, to worship and encourage each other in their new found faith. Our church is our spiritual family and home. It is where we can feel safe to experience God’s love and acceptance, share our faith with like believers, and mature as God’s children. The church is not perfect because we are not perfect, but through our joined strengths and weaknesses, we can grow and support each other through good times and bad. All of us are equal in God’s eyes, so everyone is important and needed by God in His church – even children such as you! Try to come to your church each week to show God how much you love Him.
Pray with me. God, thank You for Your church – our church. We know it is more than just a building, but our spiritual family who love and support each other as we learn of You and grow in our witness to You. Bless our church and make it what You would have it to be in order to serve You and our community. Let us remember Jesus’ words from John 20:21, “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” In Your Holy Name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.