I Don’t Want to GO to Church
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
Saturday morning. It doesn’t mean quite as much being the 22nd consecutive day out of school, but knowing we’re finally going to go back Monday does make it a bit more precious.
So, I’m going to try to use it as a normal Saturday instead as just another day. Sleep in, do a little housework, get some shopping done, you know, Saturday stuff.
Saturday is also “Start Discussing Where We’re Going to Church Tomorrow Day”.
Yes. That’s what Saturday has become since October when I declared myself on sabbatical and a few weeks later my family decided to join me.
You might wonder just how this “Day” gets celebrated. Well, it’s just like most holidays or deciding where to go out to eat!
The conversation typically goes something like this:
Either Chris or me: So, does anyone have any suggestions for where they would like to go to church tomorrow?
The other parent: Somewhere we haven’t made it to yet, somewhere we’ve been and you’d like to try again? Somewhere we’ve been invited? To our own church?
Me: I really need to know now. Tracking down church start times isn’t easy. Why everyone doesn’t just start at 11 anymore is beyond me. And most of the churches we haven’t already been to don’t have websites or facebook pages.
Sometimes we eventually get a suggestion or two. Sometimes they’re farther than we’re willing to drive…not once, but in case we were to fall in love. Typically we have no idea where we’re going to church until Sunday morning.
Yes, you heard me correctly. When we go to bed Saturday night we typically have no idea where we’re headed Sunday morning.
Me. The planner. The one who can’t stand not to know schedules months in advance. Who goes to church-wait for it–religiously, has no idea where she’ll be worshiping tomorrow morning let alone the rest of the month.
A couple Sundays we’ve wound up in a service because as we were driving around looking for a church to attend it was the only one that hadn’t started yet! Most in our community had already DISMISSED before we even got in the car and started looking.
Ok, I’ll be honest. That might have happened twice.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned about church in the past three months, though. We’ve been in traditional, blended, and contemporary services. Small, medium, and large congregations from rural to in town settings. Lots of media to no media.
One day I’ll be ready to talk about what I’ve learned.
Earlier this week I watched a YouTube video shot in a church. It’s called “When I Lay My Isaac Down-Billy Fields” from Swauger Valley Freewill Baptist Church posted February 20, 2012.
I couldn’t use the video in my post, but I wish it would have been allowed. I have gone back to watch the video every day this week. Why?
Well, I want to go to church like that this week. Old school church. A special singer with a testimony song, a congregation that testifies throughout the song, and I have a feeling that when the preacher preaches you probably couldn’t hear a pin drop because the congregation is following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Listen to the people in the congregation. They didn’t come to church to be entertained, to be taught, to be seen. They came to have church.
If you GO to church, you’re driving to a building. If you HAVE church, you’re participating in the Spirit’s movement amongst believers.
Tomorrow, well, I don’t want to go to church. I want to have church.
(Yes, I know I typically share Contemporary Christian music, but I LOVE this song and it goes right along with my theme. Let’s HAVE church. Yes, you CAN rock out to this song!)