A little story that illustrates church attendance goes like this:
In a certain mountain village in Europe several centuries ago, a nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to people in his town. At last he decided to build them a church building.
No one saw the complete plans for the building until it was finished. When the people gathered, they marveled at its beauty and completeness. Then someone asked, “But where are the lamps? How will it be lighted?”
The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls. Then he gave to each family a candle which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship.
“Each time you are here the area where you are seated will be lighted, ”the nobleman said. “Each time you are not here, that area will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you fail to come to church, some part of God's house will be dark.”
Anyone at First UMC ready to try saving the electricity? Should we start giving out candles next Sunday? This is just a story but it makes a good point. Those who seldom attend worship or Bible study may be like those of whom it was said: “The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matt. 4:16).
Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do you light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house” (Matt. 5:14-15). It could be that attending services is letting your light shine -- after all you come to worship God -- then leave to serve.
See you in church!
Peace and love,