Church update: How is your attendance?

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Congregation, online church works, if you cannot make it to the building. The church remains open. An    online church platform includes digital church attendance and discipleship. There are modern ways to attend church, so don’t just forsake meeting altogether.

How is your attendance?

But because we are more than just churchgoers to buildings, we know the importance of being faithful to the work of the Lord, and we know how to “build an altar” in the home with a personal prayer life. Continue supporting local ministries with your online and/or in-person presence, praying for leaders, and faithfully giving tithes and offerings. Ministry costs. It’s worshipping through giving. Church membership is synonymous with faithfulness. Be a faithful servant (Matthew 25:21). Amen?

Church signifies a reinforcement of that blessed hope, and believers connect to the purpose behind salvation. Lord, we worship You.

Bible-based, sound-doctrined sermons contain practical applications that glorify Christ. They’re not just something to make one feel good, nor are they entertainment. It’s not about preaching something “new.” The Bible is its own authority.

We appreciate the many houses of worship that have reopened their doors, following CDC guidelines — with live worship experiences that online services will undoubtedly never be able to duplicate. Strength is garnered from encouragement and the presence of other parishioners. It’s worshiping, soul winning and fellowship.

But even before the church doors swing fully open again, it is crucial for church leadership to be held to higher levels of accountability and for holy spaces of worship to be provided for congregants. Some actions have been overwhelmingly unpleasing, making some wonder if there is a sovereign revelation behind some closings. God is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

How is our attendance?

How is our participation outside the four walls of the church with outreach services and ministries?

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

So yeah, don’t abandon assembling together — even if it’s online. Sheep, don’t go astray. Now, let’s have some church. Where’s my tambourine?

Good old-fashioned advice: Don’t wait until something bad happens to remember the church.

Prayer: Lord, thanks. Strengthen pastors, church leaders and workers. Help us not to be fault-finders. God bless media teams and musicians who work tirelessly to present high-quality productions. We are the church, the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Your church never closes. Don’t let our pastors have to try and find us; help us to be responsible, accountable, good members. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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