Ordinary, Extraordinary Sundays

How was Sunday for you?

Friends, football, family, and fun are fine. But the highlight for me is to worship God in the company of the saints. I confess: in thirty-five years of pastoral ministry Sundays were important-even special. But they were work, too. Now, they bring anticipation, joy, and nourishment.

For sure, fellowship and interaction with other followers of Christ is like sweet icing. Since I started writing this column for the Herald-News, jokes are sometimes made that no one wants to talk to me because they fear they will end up in the paper. But Sunday, Chris still bravely told his story of a bicycle jumping over his head in a school program and brought joy, Ralph went out of his way to talk a good while after Sunday School of Discipleship and brought honor, and Jan spent considerable time after church catching up and asking encouraging questions about health and family. There Jan, you did make it into the paper after all…

But when it comes to desserts, the cake is the main thing, not the icing. And the worship was amazing. This God-focused time is the center-piece of Sundays. While I had some moments that disconnected me (I assisted with some deacon duties), Rick and his team led us in songs designed just for my heart, Effie gave a stunning testimony of God’s work in the community through the sacrificial service of our church family, and Pastor Doug gave a clear biblical message on the narrow way to salvation through Jesus alone.

Just think about what happens on Sundays when we respond positively to the Scriptural call to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” We get to worship the one awe-inspiring Creator and Rescuer, Jesus Christ. In an amazing opportunity, we sit under teachers and pastors who present to us the very Word of God. We have the privilege to serve one another by listening to them, praying with and for them, taking up the offering, teaching or assisting with worship and kids, setting up classrooms and bulletin boards and coffee and paper towel dispensers. It all adds up to a God-centered life in the company of followers of Christ.

There is a rhythm in creation that requires giving and receiving, resting and ceasing from daily cares, worship and fellowship. Sunday is that weekly gift. We need Sundays. There are no Lone Rangers when we follow Jesus well and finish earth life strong. We trust God, and we serve and are blessed by His family.

This Thanksgiving Father, I praise You for ordinary, extraordinary Sundays.

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