Last year a bunch of people I know and interact with online were all upset about some churches “canceling church” in order for families to be home with their families on Christmas morning. Others have lamented how some congregations “cancel church” on the Sunday night of the Super Bowl. Well, the issue has come up again…
A church in KY has forgone its normal Sunday morning schedule in order for the whole congregation to go to a special screening of Evan Almighty. Now, I haven’t seen the movie yet, so my comments have a limited perspective on why or why not seeing this movie together could be a good idea.
But here is one thing I do know. There is nothing we can do to ‘cancel’ church (or ‘skip’ it for that matter). The church isn’t the place we meet on Sunday morning. It’s not the sitting around and the singing of songs and the hearing of sermons. The church is the Body of Christ, alive and serving in the world today. And that cannot be canceled.
I’m not saying that our weekly gathering to worship together is not important to the life of the Body. But if that one gathering (or two…) is the full extent of our worship, then we are only weakly gathering (and I’d hesitate to call that worship). If we can’t break from the routine for something a little out of the ordinary once in a while, then are we holding to tradition, or is tradition strangling us?