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The reality is that, for most people, that’s not a very exciting invitation.  (I struggled a little with what adjective to put in front of invitation).

The reason, in my view, is the connotation surrounding “church.”  Many theological people are typically quick to point out that the “church” is truly made up of Christians.  And I acknowledge that fact.

However, also true is that the word, church, comes from the German word, kirche, which refers to the cathedral, not the people.  And in everyday usage, church more often refers to the building or facility, than to the people who gather there.  It also often refers to the organization more often than to a generic gathering of people.

So, when you say, “come to church with me”, what does your audience really hear?

It seems to me most likely they are hearing you invite them to an organizational meeting, which you hope they will join.

Perhaps we would be better off, if we invited people to “come worship with me.”

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Yesterday, I worshipped at the Arlington Church of Christ, Arlington, Virginia.  My family worshipped there back in the mid-1950’s, when I was in elementary school.  We were visiting friends.

David Condon spoke.  He made a couple of great points about prayer.

First, he used an analogy of being in a boat rowing towards and island.  You can take a rope and throw it around a rock or something on the island and start to pull.

But, are you [1] pulling the island towards the boat; or, [2] pulling the boat towards the island.

David’s point about prayer is that it should take us towards God.  Prayer should be about helping us see things the way God sees things.  That’s when our will begins to conform to God’s will.  And our prayers are answered in conformance with God’s will — not to satisfy our wants or desires.

Oh, that we could see things the way God sees them.  How would that change us?

The link below takes you to a powerful rendition of this great hymn.


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