One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. – Psalm 27:4, NIV
If you are one of those people who really enjoyed Easter Sunday last week but don’t plan on attending church again until Christmas Eve, then let me share a little secret with you… Church is that wonderful every week.
Seriously. The amazing, palpable, charged full with life presence of God so many people packed into so many churches to experience – just one week ago – is not unusual at all. That’s what worship in the context of community is all about; that’s why our church (WFPC) is growing, why new members are joining, and why the place literally hums with anticipation as hundreds of people make their way to 9:00 praise in the CLC, or 11:15 worship in the sanctuary.
COMMUNION: Additionally, this is the first Sunday of the month, and we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. You don’t have to be a member to be served, and you don’t have to be Presbyterian – you just need to follow Jesus.
There’s a reason so many people show up for church on Easter Sunday, and there’s no reason any other Sunday should be any different. It’s the same God, the same great and generous love, the same powerful message of redemption, the same invitation to live a life-charged faith every day, and the same joy that floods every heart.
A couple of years ago I was talking with a young family after Easter services. It was the first time they had visited our church, and they weren’t involved anywhere else. “This was wonderful,” the woman said, as her husband nodded agreement. “If church was always like this we’d be here every week!”
Before I had a chance to respond, one of the young couples in our church turned around. “Oh, it is like this every week,” the husband said. “This place is full of life, and overflowing with the Spirit of God.”
DON’T MISS OUT! Seriously, folks; don’t miss the opportunity for vibrant worship, dynamic fellowship, beautiful community, and the opportunity to serve God. This is Jesus we’re talking about, the one who not only defeated death but still invites each one of us to participate in a new kind of life!
- Me: “He is risen!”
- Every last one of you: “He is risen indeed!”
I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. – Psalm 27:4, MSG
I’ll see you in church! – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.