As far back as I can remember, except for a brief teenage rebellion, I loved going to Sunday School and worship. It was a non-negotiable habit in my family of origin. Even on the rare occasions when one or both of my parents couldn't attend, they saw to it that my sister, brother and I were there. As a result, though as adults we have been separated by distance, all three of us have established the same non-negotiable habit in our individual families.
The habit is confirmed in Scripture. For example, we read in Luke 4:16: "As was His custom, Jesus entered the Synagogue." Then, Proverbs 22:6 tells us: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
I'm sure there may have been many things my parents wanted me to accomplish that I didn't. But one thing is certain, their insistence on our attendance in Sunday School and worship gave me an eternal perspective.
Of course, worshipping God is not difficult in my church. All of our ministers - Doug Fairbanks, Brian Davis, Linda McDaniel and Chris Black - are good preachers. David Harr, although retired, is on staff part-time to visit shut-ins. Jan McNair our minister of music, organist David Patton and pianist Trish Foy can be counted on for a wonderfully varied program of music. Our contemporary service, held in the Oak Street Center, is also worshipful and has full attendance.
Every Sunday as I drive toward church, I do so with a sense of expectation and joy. But Sunday, March 30, was even more special. Fairbanks preached an excellent sermon on "The Enlightened Ones." As usual, he had practical illustrations about how we can let our lights shine.
Then the choir came down from the choir loft to fill the chancel area and sing "Requiem" by John Leavitt. It was magnificent. It reminded us that our long winter has passed, and spring has come. I thought of the words of Song of Solomon 2:16: "Winter is past and the time of singing has come."
Contact Nell Mohney at firstname.lastname@example.org.