Over the last few weeks I have spoken to several clergy in Episcopal and other traditions and they all say the same thing – attendance is down.
I have noticed this is also true for us at Trinity. Recently, while meeting with other rectors, a reading from the Letter to the Hebrews was mentioned. In that reading was this verse:
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:25 English Standard Version (ESV)
It seems that this was true even in the first century Church. That speaks to how easy it is for us to be sidetracked from gathering together as the Body of Christ.
There are many reasons for not attending the Christian gathering and the celebration and reception of the Sacraments. As many reasons as there are people.
I would like to invite you back to our Sunday worship. For those who follow Christ, every Sunday is a “little Easter.”
Our Faith calls us to gather on Sunday to hear readings from our Sacred Text (Bible) and affirm fellowship with one another in common prayer and the reception of the Holy Sacraments is vital to the Christian life.
We do this best when all the family of God gathers. We are diminished when some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are absent.
We are a better and stronger congregation when all of us participate in the life of the Church.
This is not about guilt but an affirmation of our relationship to each other and the 2,000 year old practice of the baptized meeting for prayer, mutual support and Holy Communion.
See you Sunday?