Believe it or not, I’m actually a big fan of Sunday gatherings.
Not only do I think it’s biblical for us as followers of Christ to gather together in large group setting for the purposes of preaching, teaching, taking of the sacraments, encouragement, worship, etc… I also think it’s an important part of our journey and helps us know we are not alone on this narrow road.
With that said…I also think it’s important for us to ask the question, “Why do we gather on Sunday?”
Is it the end? Does everything we do throughout the week culminate in a worship gathering on Sunday morning?
Sometimes it feels that way. It feels as if we work so hard to make sure everything is so right with Sunday that we tend to forget the opportunities we have Monday through Saturday.
Or…is Sunday the beginning? Like we see in most calendars, does the week start with Sunday morning and everything we do throughout the week flow out of that?
Are the things we hear and do on Sunday mornings reflective of where we’ve been or where we’re going?
It’s a great question. And while I tend to like the idea of Sunday being the beginning of what’s to come, I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Something like both/and.
You see, for us to really live out this idea of being The Church then it cannot be confined to an hour on Sunday. We have to see our lives as a living, breathing temple. And when we gather together with other followers on mission then we are being the Church. Sunday has a hard time fulfilling that.
We need to see Sunday morning for what it is. Not as the time for worship, fellowship, teaching, encouragement, participating in sacraments and scripture reading, but as another time for that to happen.
If we claim to be followers of Christ and our only exposure to him is hearing someone else talk about him on a Sunday morning, then it’s time to renegotiate the terms of that relationship.
If we begin to see all of our life, all of our relationships, all of our experiences and all of interactions as worship, all as opportunities to BE the Church, then Sunday morning becomes just another opportunity to do that…not the only one.
So, why Sunday? I submit that Sunday is yet another opportunity we have, as followers of Christ, to be the Church.
Let’s stop looking forward, or back, to Sunday and open our eyes to the incredible opportunities around us to be the Church for the people we encounter.