Weekly Message from Rev. Perkins
The following is taken from an article by Peter Marty, son of Martin Marty. It has something to say for those who are considering whether to attend church or not and those who choose to do so.
Some churches live stream their service so if you prefer you can watch it from your home while eating brunch. Isn’t that convenient? Yes it is. Attending Sabbath worship is just plain inconvenient. We sing songs we didn’t pick, hear scriptures we didn’t choose, commit to endeavors for which we must sacrifice and sit next to people who aren’t even our closest friends.
In the mobile device world we live in, church has become inconvenient. It pulls me away from doing whatever I please and puts me in a world that is broader than my own personal life. Convenience often feels great but it isn’t necessarily good. Exercising only when convenient, eating only microwave food and using only paper plates and cups, do not make a good life. So inconvenience has value especially when it allows us to experience life larger and more deeply.
Jesus Christ and the Church are impossible to split up. As wonderful as it might be to have Christ apart from the hypocrisies and distractions of other people who believe, Christ is embedded in the church. We are Christ’s body and that is an inconvenient claim. We are joined to other body parts that don’t necessarily think or look like we do. Isn’t that beautiful?
See you in Church,