Canceling Worship

Written by Joel on February 1st, 2010

Yesterday was the first time church was canceled due to snow since starting my pastorate. Our church certainly wasn’t the only one, but it still feels weird – canceling church?

I don’t recall it happening for me before. The church I grew up in was on a major road that was treated rather quickly in a snow emergency. Attendance may have dwindled on snow days, but I don’t recall cancellations. In college, a snow day actually helped church attendance – it was a minuscule town and the two churches were about the only places you could get to on a snowy Sunday. And then my seminary years were spent in sunny southern California – no breaks for the preacher between December and April out there.

Don’t hear me wrong – there was certainly good reason to cancel yesterday. This is a rural area and those mountain roads were horrible.

But, what does it mean to cancel church? Church cancellations were displayed on the local news channel and I couldn’t help but notice a few of them were worded “so-and-so church: morning worship canceled.” Worship is canceled? Could you imagine a town, state, or entire region in which God is not worshiped on a given Sunday morning? Or what about on a given day? Good thing it didn’t snow when Jesus died for our sins.

Let’s not mistakenly say that worship is canceled. It is at the very least a work-from-home situation. God must be worshiped – and not only on Sundays, but every day of our lives. It is our job as Christians, and God deserves it! I wonder how many Christians from yesterday’s canceled churches worshiped God at home versus how many thought they had the day off.

The physical gathering of the people of God may be impossible due to the weather; but our union as the Body of Christ is never hindered. The next time it snows on a Sunday remember that the gathering called “church” may not happen, but worship is never canceled.


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. j merton says:

    Well said.

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