April 1, 2014
The church where I serve has a Facebook page. It’s been there for quite a while and I occasionally add something. It’s not nearly as consistent as it should be, but it’s there.
Today I was looking at the new format for the page. The hours for the “business” are listed as 9:30-12:30 Sunday mornings. The rest of the week, the place is closed. As I sat in the church office and looked at this, it frustrated me. We’re not closed. Not by a long shot. First of all, I’m here! Second, it’s amazing how many folks do different jobs, tasks, service at the church during the week. What does being closed say to them?
Third, and most important, the church isn’t in the building anyway. The congregation is in the building. The worship space is in the building. The classrooms and kitchen and choir room and nurseries, etc. are in the building. But the church...it’s not in the building because it’s the people. And they are most definitely NEVER closed. See, as one person has said, being Christian is not just having a religion, it’s a way of life. It’s Monday to Saturday, 52 weeks a year, every year.
And, of course, it includes Sunday, too. That’s the day the building is full when we come together to worship the God who loves us, give thanks to God, be fed by God’s word and meal, and be encouraged to go back out to be the church again and again and again.