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Don’t neglect worship over the summer.

Don’t neglect your worship over the summer

 

I learned a hard lesson my first summer as a pastor. In fact I learned it on the first Sunday of summer when a tumbleweed rolled past me and it looked like our church had become a ghost town. Now, don’t think I am fussing because I am not. Rest is a good thing; in fact it is a God thing. God created rest on the 7th day of creation and we all need to take times to rest. In America our extended times of rest usually come during the summer months. So as your pastor let me encourage you in a few things as we enter summer.

  1. Don’t neglect worship for extended periods of time. In the summer it is easy to slip out of church for weeks at a time. If you and your family spend a lot of the summer away, then I would encourage you to be in corporate worship at least every other week.
  2. When you are away from your church family don’t neglect worship. Have family or private worship. On Sundays take some time to sing a hymn or two and have one person share a scripture that is important to them and explain why. Worship can take place in lots of places and lots of ways.
  3. Don’t neglect the maintenance of God’s house. While crowds may be small in summer, financial needs don’t change. Please don’t neglect the act of giving financially as worship.
  4. Take advantage of Sunday nights. We are blessed to have a large portion of our church family serve in AWANA. Now that AWANA is on summer break, come to Sunday nights. This summer we will be going through a great Bible study titled “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. This is a combination video and discussion series and will be a great time for those who attend.
  5. Come as you are. Don’t worry if you are coming back from the lake, mountains, beach, space station, or anywhere. Don’t deprive yourself of worship just because you think you have to come dressed a certain way. God is more concerned with your heart than your outfit.

Please hear this from your Pastor’s heart. Enjoy your summer and take time to rest and relax and be with family. Just don’t take a vacation from worship. Worship feeds the soul and just as we all need good physical food to make a great summer, we all need spiritual food to make a great soul.

Love,

Pastor Tom

Weigh What You Say

Weigh your words. Truly weigh what you say. Words are powerful and often as Christians I think we mistakenly believe that as long as what we are saying isn’t profanity or just an outright lie then it is acceptable. But Jesus (as He does so often) has a higher standard. Paul told the church at Ephesus –

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)

That is definitely more than just “not cussing”. Our words are powerful. They can build, break, lift up and cast down. Weigh what you say. As you consider saying things, ask yourself:

1. Does this need to be said?
2. Is it completely true? (Or is it MY version of the truth?)
3. Is the person who I am speaking to in a place that they can hear me and understand my heart?
4. Am I sure, am I 110% sure, that what I say will be helpful?
5. Am I speaking for myself? (Don’t be someone else’s mouthpiece. If someone has a problem or issue with another person then let those 2 people work it out.)
6. Am I speaking in love?

Be thankful today for the gift of words. They are powerful tools. Through words we hear “I love you”, “I’ll marry you”, “mama”, “daddy”, “good job”, “you are important”. But just like the hammer that builds a house can crush a skull, words can change from tools to weapons in an instant. Weigh what you say.