Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Will the church be there for me?

This is a question that is in the minds of many who attend church around the world. Every church no matter what denomination or persuasion will have people that answer this question in three ways.

  1. Some will confidently trust that it will be so. They will participate faithfully trusting that it will be so. They will faithfully work to make it so.
  2. Others will find it harder to trust that it is so, their experience of having expectations let down will give them pause. They may even answer that the church will not be there for them and depart from the church or from a life of faith all together.
  3. Some however, will not even ask the question. They will assume that church will be there. The church has always been around so why worry. There are more important things in life anyway. “I can always come back to church when I need to.” Afraid to miss some chance that life has placed before them, they ignore the place that can hold their whole life together.

It is interesting that the Bible does not answer this question! There is no guarantee, rather there is an imperative. Jesus asks us to be there for each other. "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 NRSV)

According to the Bible the church is those who gather in Christ. The truth is this; if we are not there for each other, the church will not be there for you.

Right now because of the economy and where we are in our journey of faith as a church, we need to be there for each other. Some ways that we can be there for each other that God may be calling you respond to are:

  1. Make Sunday worship a priority (if we don’t show up we can’t be there for each other);
  2. Join a small group (we can be there for each other in a more meaningful way);
  3. Consider an increase in financial giving to ensure that we have the resources to reach to our community with the Good News of Jesus Christ (so we can have the joy of getting to know new people in Christ);
  4. Step up to help with a volunteer ministry (so we have time to be there for each other).

Holy Cross is not a thing, it is us. We are Holy Cross. We are the people who God has called together in this place and time. We are God’s household in the here and now. We are called to depend on God and be there for each other so please be in prayer for how you will respond.

Keep the Faith,

Pastor Knecht