On the last Sunday in August, we launched the beginning of Heritage’s church year with a terrific water ceremony and a great picnic with special activities. Yes, those of you who weren’t able to attend missed the chance to dunk Revs. Bill and Leslie and Board President Jim Nolan via a dunking booth. This is unfortunate as this opportunity is not likely to be repeated, LOL!
Life often gets in the way of church attendance. Sports, trips, school obligations, family responsibilities — all of these might make it hard or even impossible to attend worship and religious exploration events. Yet I often hear from congregants that they had a hard time getting to church that morning but they came and they were so glad they made the extra effort!
Because, it does take extra effort for most if not all of us to make it to Heritage on Sunday morning. When you can’t make it, you miss out on opportunities to hear wonderful music, inspiring words, and to make connections with other church members.
What you might not realize is that when you can’t come, we miss out too! Our spiritual community is made stronger when we can experience your presence even if it’s just through a smile or seeing you across the sanctuary. As Rev. Bill so wonderfully shared in last Sunday’s service, “I am because we are. We are because I am.”
One thing that helps many of our members on those days when it just feels like too much work to go to church is viewing their Sunday attendance as a spiritual practice. A spiritual practice is an action or activity that is performed regularly and intentionally to deepen your connection with the divine and/or the Spirit of Life. This could be meditation, yoga, prayer, nature walks, singing, or any other regular activity that is intended to enhance your spiritual life.
When your children or youth ask why they go to church for worship or religious exploration, you might explain that it enhances all of your lives to be in spiritual community together, especially in this era where so much of human communication is mediated through computers and phones. There is no better time to begin this practice than now. Right now.
Come to church. We are blessed by your presence.