Increase membership and strive for every Sunday attendance so the Good News is experienced and integrated into the lives of the worshipping community.
We’ve been talking a lot about building a house in Mexico. A house is more than shelter. It is a dwelling for rest, a symbol of security, and a place to belong. Having a home gives us a sense of place that cannot be found in other ways. Having a home grounds us and forms us.
There are domestic homes and there are spiritual homes. For us, our spiritual home is St. James’, the well-manicured blue campus on Cabrillo Terrace off of Thornton. Our home is alive with laughter and conversation and activity and worship. We gather for many reasons, being uplifted by friendships, prayer, and our ever-deepening connection to Christ.
Last month I told you about the vestry goal “Maintain and increase outreach opportunities so that the Good News is put into action beyond our buildings.” This month, I’d like to highlight another goal: Increase membership and strive for every Sunday attendance so the Good News is experienced and integrated into the lives of the worshipping community.
We have an amazing gift in the Good News of Jesus Christ. This gift is not meant to be squandered, but to be shared. One way we do that is by inviting others to become part of our community, first by attending worship, and then by participating regularly. This is how we grow and how we continue to build momentum. Another way is by committing to weekly worship ourselves. I realize that due to employment, this is not always possible. But for those who do not have to work on weekends, it is my hope that attending church is a priority, and that your attendance lifts and energizes you for the week ahead.
I heard an analogy that I’ve shared before but will do so again because it makes sense. If you were renovating a house and the plumber showed up once a month, and the electrician came when he wasn’t otherwise busy, and the roofer came every week, and the carpenter came sporadically, the house would never get built. We are building this house together so that it is here for each of us and for those who have not yet arrived. This house, our home, is more than a building. It is a dwelling for rest, a symbol of security, a place to belong. It is also where we meet the Living God in our prayers, our relationships, our ponderings, and most importantly, in our worship and adoration.
Join with the vestry in making this your goal. Invite someone to accompany or meet you at church. Share the gift that is so freely given. Further, strive for every Sunday attendance. It will shape your lives in ways yet unseen, and it will shape our community as well.
See you at the door on the way in!