So this was not what I thought I would be writing my first blog post on but here we go. A few weeks ago a colleague of mine posted on her Facebook a link to a blog article titled "A Plea to Pastors: Don't Cancel Church on Christmas". The blog post argued that worship should not be canceled on Christmas which happens to fall on a Sunday this year. Don’t get me wrong the author makes some legitimate points. But I couldn't help feeling a bit frustrated because it worked from the assumption that church congregations are generally the same size. They are not.
Our decision not to have church on Christmas Day was not made lightly. We didn’t do it because we wanted to stay home and open presents from Santa. In fact, the Executive Board began wrestling with this question early in the fall. After talking with almost everyone who is in weekly attendance we discovered there would be 3 people not including myself and the organist who would be attending worship Christmas morning.
I wanted to give voice to others like myself who lead a small (but mighty) church, so I decided to post a reply pointing out that we worship and lead in churches of all shapes and sizes. My friend rightly pointed out “The gathered church is still church!” Here in La Grange, we are blessed to have a vital ecumenical community that gathers to worship together 3 out of 4 quarters a year. So when our members worship with another congregation Christmas Day there is a good chance that not only will they be welcomed but they will also be known. And that for me is a bit of heaven on earth…