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Another Sunday Lesson Posted 9.20.2013

I learned a lot this week.

 

I used to think the hardest thing to be without on a Sunday morning would be electricity.  We almost did that last Sunday, by the way.  No lyrics projected.  No air moving around to keep us cool.  No amplification.  No lights (of course that one is probably most important – because the power went out right after I lowered all the blackout blinds.  We manually rolled them up, just in case power didn’t return).  All that sounds troubling.  And it is.

 

But I learned a lot this week.

 

I used to think the hardest thing to be without on a Sunday morning was electricity. I was wrong.  Last Sunday taught me that a harder thing to be without – is water.  That became clear when, after the power came back on, the main water line to our buildings burst.  In doing the repair this week, they  discovered seven patches to that line – so it has been a bit of a chronic problem.  Well, we took care of that this week when the plumbers replaced that old pipe with a brand new, heavy-duty copper pipe – with extra shut-off valves to prevent total shutdowns in the future.

 

I never thought about the importance of water for worship all that much.  We have emergency water on site for hydration purposes – but it is the sanitation benefits of water that make it a hardship for 400 people to be without.

 

I learned a lot this week.

 

I used to think the hardest thing to be without on a Sunday morning was electricity.  Then I thought it was water.  But I was still wrong.  Last Sunday taught me there is only one thing that really matters when we gather together on a Sunday morning.  As long as we show up, the only thing that really matters is God. He has to show up.  It doesn’t matter if we have power.  It doesn’t matter if we have water.  It’s much better if we did, but it really doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that the people of God come together to set everything else aside to focus on Him. 

 

Paul, in preaching at the Areopgagus in Athens, summed up what I learned last Sunday. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples (church buildings!) built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else….  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:24-28).  It is all about God.

 

I am thankful for the promise that He will never leave us.  That He will never forsake us.  When we gather, it is only about Him.  We make it about things that it is not.  There is only one essential element to getting together -- the presence of our God.  I learned a lot this week.


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