Last Tuesday one of my braver friends called me up to see how I was doing. Given the amount of drugs I take, a phone conversation with me can be a risky proposition.
I know her from church and so of course part of the conversation is always about how much I miss going to church on one level but can’t handle sitting in the uncomfortable pews, playing the human jack-in-the-box as we stand and sit for hymns and (worst of all) shaking myriad hands. I do listen to the sermon podcasts, though. Sheepishly we both admitted that sermons were our least favourite part of church.
And that makes me wonder…
Everywhere I turn in the Christian world, churches are lamenting the drop off in attendance. People, by and large, don’t go to church anymore. I wonder if this would change if we (the Church in general–not just my home church) offered services without sermons. If you think about it, the main reason for assembling as a body is for corporate worship. There’s a specialness about singing and praying in one accord that just can’t be matched. It meets a true need for the Christian and fuels us up to face the week of serpents which lies ahead.
It seems odd, then, to stop the prayer and praise portion in order to sit still and listen to twenty or thirty minutes of speaking. Don’t get me wrong–I have an excellent pastor who is a phenomenal speaker and gives wonderful sermons. His messages were one of the main attractions for us at our church. But what if we gave people the option to just come and sing and praise God with other believers?
I’m betting a lot more people would be there a lot more regularly.