Category Archives: Services and Spirituality


Why we go to Church

September 15, 2013 Luke 15:1-10 Seeking the Lost. We Have All Been Lost. Maybe you have a getting lost story? Maybe from this last summer? -If so, why not note it, \ share it during coffee hour. ======= We’ve all been lost at one time or another. Inside as we journey in life, we can feel lost... We cry out to God at such times. That’s part of the human condition. ========== God is always there. Have you ever wondered Why sometimes it seems God isn't as close to us as we wish? The question is, "who moved?" Who got lost in living? Caught up in activities...demands. ==== Then we forget to worship, to come once a week to church. Four hours to be with God, to find our center, to see where we are going on our life journey... ==== Someone asked the question, on a website Why do you go to church? They were surprised by all the answers. What would you answer to the question? Why go to church? It is not an easy question to answer. On the website: Here is a sample of a few of the many answers: ======= Ron says: I go to church for soul food. Every week my soul is replenished by our moving spiritually uplifting service. During the luncheon that follows, my body is replenished by delicious foods that grace our table and my spirit is again refilled with the love and affection I feel surrounding me. ========== An Altar Guild Member says: When I come to prepare the altar I never feel it is a chore but more an opportunity to have a one on one with God. It is so quiet in the church that it brings me such peace. I honestly can say that this is a place I truly feel at peace. It brings to mind the song by the Beatles “when I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me...speaking words of wisdom.” This is what the Church of the Epiphany does for me. =========== Charollette Hyatt says I go to church because: 1st, God wants us to get together to feel close to Him. 2nd, to learn more about life and God. 3rd, to give and receive comfort from my brothers and sisters in Christ. 4th, to serve God through serving my fellow beings in an organized ministry. Oh, and to lift my spirits, my soul! ============= Someone else said: Why go to church regularly? To be loved, encouraged. We all have troubles. We all face dilemmas and disappointments. We all wrestle with discouragement and heartache. What God said of Adam applies to us all: "It is not good for a person to be alone." Why bear your burdens alone? Coming to church means interacting with your fellow Christians (ordinary people, just like yourselves) It means receiving an encouraging word, a hug and a smile. It means having someone listen. More profoundly, it is often through His body that Christ speaks the comfort and crucial direction that we need. How often a timely word of Gospel spoken by one Christian to another dispels the gloom! How often do we say after worship “I feel better.” How often one Christian will have a insight that benefits another. I Come to church to be loved and encouraged. ======= Michael Nolan says Like my truck, I fill it with gas but after a few days it runs out... Likewise my soul needs filling. So, I attend church as often as I can to refuel my spirit so that I may continue on my spiritual journey! Public worship is the best place to give your soul the Word-of-God-nourishment it needs. ======= Jenny wrote: Before I started going to church I felt so lonely. Even though I had friends and family I felt like there was something missing. That missing piece was God. When I first started going to church I was a lost and confused. Since I have been going to church I have become whole with the help of my church family. ======= Joyce says: I go to church because everyone is welcome. I attend Calvary Chapel church. We have a great pastor who preaches the Bible. All people are welcomed to attend. Long hair, tattoos, earrings, etc, are all familiar sights. We all feel that GOD did not turn any away, Who knows when or where the Holy Spirit will reach out to someone. We all love our church. ========= Tommy Young says: I go to church for spiritual renewal. At church it is as if I have been 'charged'--as a battery. The spiritual environment of the church lends peace to my soul. The church is a fountain of the living water I connect with God in a special way in Church. The sanctuary of the church is a 'holy' place -reverent and restoring. ======= Someone shares I come for the prayers: Jesus once promised, There is power when the people of God pray. An often overlooked reason to come to church is to be prayed for. ======= Ariel writes: Going to church is the best time to worship God with your brothers and sisters in Christ, singing praises, hearing the gospel and sermons, Worship together really makes you feel our dear God is speaking. That is why I come to church. ========= In church, God can reach out to you and I, with love, guidance... Like opening the door to God... God often uses others to help us of course. ========== Maybe it is like a story, about a church service once... it was a special mission being held at a church. Norman Vincent Peale found himself addressing a Methodist gathering in Atlanta, Georgia along with a fine preacher, Bishop Noah Moore. Also Pierce Harris, a much-loved local pastor. They were all guests of the local minister. In his sermon Peale said that he believed that Jesus Christ could come into a life and change it. No matter how hopeless it seemed if you opened yourself to Christ in prayer, Christ would help you. After the service, when he and the other guest preachers were gathered in the minister's office, they were told that a man wanted to see them. A somewhat disreputable-looking man, they were warned "unshaven, unwashed, poorly dressed. When the man did come in, he was reeking of alcohol, but his mind was full of the sermon he had just heard. "Do you really believe that Jesus can help me?" he asked. "Without a doubt," Peale replied. Then the man asked if they would pray with him. So the four ordained ministers prayed with the man. When he went out, Bishop Moore said, a bit wistfully, "If that man changes, we'll all be surprised, won't we?" There it was, a flicker of doubt from a good man that change is possible for people. Six months later, Peale said he was sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, when he saw a man coming toward him, leading two little girls by the hand. The man was immaculately dressed, his daughters were exquisite children, attractive and well-behaved. At first Peale didn’t know who he was, but as he came closer, he recognized the former derelict from Atlanta. There was a smile on his face, He was humming "Amazing Grace" one of the Hymns Peale had chosen for that church service.... The man he held out his hand in greeting. Peale said it was one of the most emotional unforgettable encounters of his life. It was real, Christ was real, they opened the door.....that night... in that prayer... _________________________________ Rarely are we completely lost. And rarely are we completely found. The wonderful thing is - The most wonderful thing is that God knows where we are We have only to come, to gather, to open the door....to pray...