Food for the Soul

Is it necessary for us to gather together on Sundays in worship?

I posed that question Sunday in worship and I pose it again today. I am not going to answer the question for you, but I hope you will spend a few moments in thought, realizing your answer not only affects you, but your family and those in your sphere of influence. (We all have a sphere!)

As I mentioned Sunday, there may be times that the heart can be so ravaged, so hurt, and so overwhelmed that words or songs cannot be expressed. In times of great distress, worship may not be possible. Also, there are times when we are unable to worship together due to physical issues and matters beyond our control.

For those who may question the need of weekly worship together, I offer this.

A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time, my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

We Labor Together with God, Wes

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