As the summer season begins, I was considering how over the past few years worship attendance at Christ Presbyterian Church hasn’t trailed off as much as it had historically. I hope that this reflects a positive spiritual reality in our worship. I have always been uneasy with the fact that during the summer you will find many Churches almost drop off the map.
During the summer, worship attendance falls, Sunday School shuts down and even pastoral calls seem to taper off. On one level, this is a very good thing. Giving teachers and students time to renew themselves can be a positive thing. Our practice of going to one service at 10 AM serves more than just a numerical need. Yes, it is true that as folks travel, our attendance drops, and by offering one service we have a larger congregation. More importantly, it allows the participants of our two services to worship together for two month in a unified service. Even the amount of pastoral calls or visits I make seem to lessen during the summer, even though it is a great time for such visits since I am freed from many of the other concerns that take my time. Continue reading