22nd May 2019

CHRCH

“Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. “
Hebrews 10:25 (TLB)

You may find the headline puzzling because it is not a word you will find in any dictionary! It is obvious there is something missing, but what is it? Well the answer is simple, U are! If we add U the word then becomes CHURCH which makes sense. But without it in our CHRCH congregation we are missing U.

As church members we have been very diligent in attending our weekly service in the past and many still are today. But, sadly, while most of our congregations have a core of regular attenders, in recent years some members have drifted away and may come only occasionally! If U have drifted away, the CHRCH is missing U. Life today can be so demanding and busy it’s easy to feel unable to make the commitment to be at church regularly. But just as we need physical food and drink to sustain us, we also need spiritual food and drink to sustain us spiritually.

In part that comes from our own personal Bible study and prayer, but don’t we also drift in those areas if we don’t get a regular boost and encouragement by being at a service? The sermon message is important and helpful, but the spiritual food which nourishes comes from more than that. Singing hymns is good for us too, but so is the encouragement and fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters. The church is a community which provides something unique that we cannot get elsewhere.

So if U have drifted away, or not been a church-goer but want to go to church, don’t be nervous about how you will be received. Christianity is a caring faith and God’s arms are open wide for U. That welcome and openness should be reflected in a church congregation. If it is not, find a church that is warm and welcoming. U may feel a bit awkward the first time you go but pastors and churches welcome new people, just as they will be delighted to welcome back a member who has drifted away. We can’t tell you the date of Christ’s return but it is an awful lot closer now than when the scripture above was written. U don’t want to be missing on that day!

Prayer
Loving Father, help us to organise our lives so you are at the centre and we are able to receive the spiritual nourishment and boost that comes from attending church regularly. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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