Theologians sometimes use the word “homoliturgicus” to describe the innate desire of humans to worship (why exactly we are drawn to such nomenclature is a subject for another post). Of the various ways in which this desire finds expression, “going to church on Sunday” is undoubtedly one of them. We are left wondering, however, what is it about the experience of corporate worship that draws us into the pew each week?
I am curious to know whether a Protestant perspective on this question differs significantly from a Catholic one. So, I’ve asked my friend, Frank Beckwith, if he would pose the following to Catholic readers of his blog while, at the same time, I ask you. Here it is.
How would you complete the following sentence? I enjoy going to church on Sunday because ____________________.
Please enter your answer in the comment section and then you may want to read the answers that are posted on Frank’s blog.
I enjoy going to church on Sunday because…I participate in the people of God celebrating His word and works – while encouraging each other’s faith. And as a pastor, it brings me to fellowship with the people Jesus has called me to shepherd.
Thanks Brian. Another answer comes from Norm Geisler who wrote me the following via email:
Here is my answer: “I enjoy going to church on Sunday
Because: 1) my creaturehood demands it;23) the Bible commands it, and 3) my spiritual life is nurtured by it.
I enjoy going to church on Sunday becuase…as a covenant renewal service for the people of God (that is, a new covenant renewal service), it is an opportunity for me individually and us coorporately to receive the grace of God imparted through the proclmation of his Word and extended through the Lord’s supper (his ordinary means of grace), and as an opportunity for us to re-commit ourselves to working out our salvation with fear and trembling for God’s glory and the good of others.
I enjoy going to church on Sunday because ….. there’s something exciting about worshiping with God’s people and hearing the Word preached when we’re together. There’s a feeling of expectancy and anticipation as we enter the sanctuary. It’s right to be there.
I enjoy going to church on Sunday because I begin my day in corporate worship, focusing on the Lord and who He is my life. I love hearing His word and truth spoken through our pastor and to have the opportunity to pray with the body.
Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful input. Richest blessings! -Chris
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