The Love of Church

As you know if you have been reading my blog for a while I have struggled with church attendance. In fact, I have struggled with it alot. There have been many years when I really hated going. I only went because my wife wanted to, and I wanted to make her happy. Now however I love attending church. Here is why.

Connection: In the short time we have attended our church we already feel connected to others in it. On Sunday mornings people come up to us to talk. One of the members of the church found out we snowboarded at a local mountain and called us to see if we wanted a ride one morning. The people in this church reach out to others and make them feel like family. We live far away from our family, but at Christmas we had no less that 3 invites for Christmas meals. We feel like people would miss us if we didn’t come to church.

Solid Teaching: Our pastor does not pull his punches. He calls it like it is. He encourages you to do the same. He has said from the front of the church that if we think our church is holding back the ministry God called us to then we should find a church that will support us. He also calls out the congregation on our poor behaviour. There is no below the belt at church and that is refreshing.

People work to live a real life: When you talk to others at the church you find out how they really are. They don’t just say that they are fine. At church it is possible to see people praying for others before the service over coffee. We don’t work to make sure that all perceive us as fine. People at the church air thier laundry and ask for help and prayer.

Living Life in the Community: This stems from the point above. The natural outworking of a life of honesty with those around you is living like a family. In a family you know about others because you live in close proximity. With the faith that people show in each other while sharing thier problems they live in proximity to each other. This causes a community. Walking into the church the first day you could feel love in the building. Between the kids playing during the sermon and the hugs going around, even between the men, love permeates the place.

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~ by curtismchale on January 13, 2008.

4 Responses to “The Love of Church”

  1. Great post πŸ˜€ It’s wonderful when the people in your church really become your family. Check out my blog when you have time πŸ˜€
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  2. Yeah it is great when this happens. It is unfortunate that it happens in so few churches for so few people.

  3. glad you found a nest, now learn to soar!

  4. That is the plan

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