This Sunday, I am encouraging everyone in our church to not go...In fact, I have convinced Pastor Hank that we should shut down the church all together on October 12. Closed. The membership, attenders and guests are not welcome to come through our doors. We are telling everyone involved with our Sunday mornings "Don't go to church!"
Really. We are.
No worship on Sunday morning. No sermon. No communion. No tithe.
Instead, we are telling everyone to "Be the Church".
Stay with me for a moment as I explain why...See, there was a time when Jesus was asked what the two most important commandments were. As if God rank orders things...but Jesus patiently listened and answered by saying (my paraphrase) LOVE God and LOVE people...
So, we decided it would be probably a good idea to do what Christ says...I mean, we do call ourselves his followers and all...and well, love people...not just people in our little enclave, but the people in our community.
Claire is taking a group to the battered women's shelter, we have a group working with kids that are have been caught up in the court system at a very early age, we have a group preparing and distributing winter care packages to the homeless and yet another group doing some clean-up for some homes where the owner is in the hospital.
I encourage each one of you to think about that this weekend...Christian or not, I am pretty sure we can all agree that finding a way to Love on some people is a goal worth working towards!