Summer Time Encouragement

We are in the heart of Summer, a time when (most) kids aren’t even thinking about school and families are going on exciting adventures. Family vacations can be very beneficial and fun (with, perhaps, a dash of stress and bickering), but they can also lead to emptier Sunday-morning worship services. I do not say this to try to guilt you out of any plans you may have; but I do want to encourage you to continue to stay connected with the church body.

In Hebrews 10:23-25, the author writes: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” It is clear from this passage that people missing worship gatherings is NOT a new issue. However, it seems that worship and other times of gathering (whether in the church building or in someone’s home) have fallen increasingly lower on some people’s list of priorities. While missing the occasional Sunday morning service is perfectly understandable, let us not make a habit of doing so. And if/when we do find ourselves away, let us still seek opportunities to encourage and connect with our fellow believers, whether it is Sunday or not!

Pastor Zach