Why Church? A new sermon series!

Why do you go to church? Why should anyone go to church?

In this day and age, it's not that strange of a question. No longer is it a given that people want to, will, or do attend church. Beyond that, coming to church takes considerable effort. You have to get up, get the kids up, get everyone ready, drive there, all to sit through an hour long service and go home. In the best of circumstances it's inconvenient. In the worst of circumstances when you’re fighting with your kids or your spouse about going because they’d rather sleep or watch tv; when Sunday is the one day you have to spend together as a family; when there are sports or other obligations pulling you away; well, in those circumstances coming to church can be downright exhausting.

So why do we do it?

There’s a lot of ways to answer that question. For some, church is an obligation or a duty. It’s part of being an upstanding member of society. For some, church is part of what good families do. For some, church is about instilling values in their children. For some, church is about friends and relationships.

Most of us come because we want to meet God. We have met God before and we want to meet God again. We come to experience God’s love, we come because we have experienced God’s love. We come because God loves us and we come to show our love for God.

But I also want to suggest that coming to church changes us, forms us, and gives us practical benefits that help us navigate life in a healthier and easier way. Simply put, I think church gives us tools to face our daily lives.

Did you know that studies have shown that the best thing for your brain is prayer? Did you know that worship opens your self to other people and makes you a more loving person? Did you know that the tithe, giving 10% of your money to the church, can bring about contentment and a feeling of financial satisfaction? There are practical benefits to being a part of a church family.

That’s what we are going to be talking about starting September 11th at Spirit and Life. We are going through a 6 week sermon series entitled “Why Church?” that will help people discover the difference church can make in their lives. Is there someone in your life who could benefit from being part of a church family? Is there someone in your life you’d like to bring to Spirit and Life? This September might be the perfect time for them to come discover what church can mean for them.

While we discuss the practical benefits to being part of a church, we must admit the deep benefits of church aren’t merely the practical ones. The deep benefits of church deal with faith. The deep benefits of church are being drawn into a mystical, spiritual realm and discovering the God who created us, redeemed us, and sustains us.

So while we discuss the practical side of church, we also want to experience the mystical gifts of the church. In order to do this, during our sermon series, “Why Church?” we are going to celebrate Holy Communion each week to be drawn into the spiritual presence of God and to have our souls nourished by God’s love. We want to talk about how worship forms us, how prayer impacts our brains, etc. as we also experience that spiritual reality of God most powerfully expressed in the Eucharist.

I hope you’ll join us as we seek to discover and experience the full benefits of being part of a church. And I hope you’ll invite your friends to come be a part of this journey with us.

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