>Going to church each Sunday is a given for many. It’s just what people do on Sunday mornings in the South. Or at least so I thought. Up until about 2 years ago, we attended a church of about 2,000 worshippers on Sunday mornings. It is easy to come to the conclusion that “every one’s” here, when in fact the sad truth is that less than 5% of the population of our county (Shelby County, AL) attends church on a regular basis. Regular church attendance is defined by the Barna organization as two times per year.
There are varying reasons for people not attending church on a regular basis. I found that out just this last week as the comments poured in from my first post of “Sundays In The South”, many of which asked me not to post their comments to the masses, but wanted to share their story with me. God bless them all, they are alot like most of us. Either they have never been to church or they have been what I term “over churched”. By over churched, I mean they got so caught up in the events of church, they forgot to keep the main thing, the main thing and got burned out, or got hurt by some of the politics of the church. No one has ever said to me that “God was not enough for me” or “Jesus let me down”. It was all about how man had failed or disappointed them in some way. I am living proof that God doesn’t let people down. He saved me physically and spiritually. As a 12 year old boy, the church bus ministry took me to church and I accepted Christ as my Savior. Later that same year, my dad and I were in a horrible car accident that resulted in the two of us being trapped in a car for two hours, my dad’s limp body over on me, as I cried out for help. My dad died that day, and I was saved from what should have been a certain death. Many said I was marked for greater things. Well, the jury is still out on that, but I have come to realize that God has a plan for each of us. I don’t pretend to understand it, nor do I always like it, but I can see it being revealed to me, a little at a time. God loves everyone, just the way you are, don’t ever let anyone tell you any different.
Many see church as a chore or an obligation, I have always seen it as an opportunity to worship our Creator. Someone once said, “the perfect worship service would be one that we would largely be unaware of, our focus having been on God”. There is a lot of truth in that statement.
I also love the social aspect of church, and oh, the music…. I love the music.
Music has had a way of conveying a message to me like nothing else. I could listen or preach a 100 sermons, and not get as much out of it as listening to just one song.
The hymns of the church have always gripped my heart. The song I am posting today is one that, when really absorbed has a very powerful message. “Brethren, We Have Come To Worship!” I hope you enjoy the bluegrass stylings of Bart Millard.
Blessings & Peace to all who read this!