I love Wednesday night church. Many churches have opted to forgo Wed night services due to busy schedules and over crowded lifestyles. Some use Wed evenings to create space for small groups and I suppose that's legitimate. But not for me.
I still cherish ever time we gather as a cooperate group of people to worship, interact and study God's word. It's not an option for me nor do I take it for granted. Call me old fashioned (yeah, I'm the guy with a Marshall stack and two electric guitars in his office! LOL! Very old fashioned eh?). But I value every opportunity I get to rub shoulders, fellowship, encourage and just "do life" with my spiritual family. I need my church family to make it as a Christ Follower in this world.
Is our culture becoming increasingly busy? Sure. Is our time margin being eaten up with over commitments? Yes. Is the pace of life picking up, even in smaller communities? Seems like it to me. Since when did we as a people i.e. Disciples of Jesus, ever bow to the waves, whims and pressure of culture?
I thought that by our very nature as followers of the Nazarene we were supposed to be "counter-cultural." 1967's "Summer of Love" shouldn't have anything on the Church of Jesus Christ. That generation claimed to be "tuning in, turning on and dropping out" in order to go against the grain of their current cultural context. It seems to me that we were challenged by Paul to do the same, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Rm 12:2.
Back to the beginning of my "loving rant." I love Wednesday night church. It's not an option, it's a need for this Christian. No, for now anyway, we will stubbornly but lovingly hold the line on this one. We will continue to gather on Wednesday evening to do life, grow together and love one another. I have come to this conclusion about "church:" Left alone and to ourselves we are dangerous, but when we come together we become something beautiful... we become the Bride of Jesus. A chord of three strands is not quickly broken, nor is a gathering of a 138 on a cold December Wednesday evening.
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