Here are some of my thoughts regarding the CRCNA decision to de-emphasize the second Sunday worship service. Specifically, three points:
- So, as a retired police officer, there were many occasions where I was not able to attend morning church due to shift work. You all know well that there are many vocations that are burdened with the same problem. In my humble opinion, cutting the second service cuts out those who may work shifts.
- I was brought up identifying the Sunday as “the Lord’s Day,” maybe you too. It may be a simplistic view on my part, but Sunday, or Sabbath as some prefer to see it, is the Lord’s Day then it should be a day dedicated to The Lord God, not to ourselves where we shop, eat out, run our kids to sport events, etc. I don’t advocate a legalistic view, because sometimes things have to be done on the Sunday. I want to deal with it as a “principle” view, a view I see as diminishing rapidly. So, let’s keep the Lord’s Days with the principle that it is His day, not ours.
- Lastly, we seem to be so big on church plants, and rejoice when ten people attend, yet we tend to lament when fewer than 25 show up at an evening service.
Tongue in cheek, I ask: Are our pastors looking to ease up on the duties of their vocation? Are we drifting away from the faith of our fathers? Let’s wake up and return to some of the customs and traditions handed down by our fore bearers.