Are We Merely Playing Church?

In Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel The Story Girl is a scene in the orchard where the children play church, complete with a sermon preached to the young audience. I don’t know if they sang songs or prayed, but when we think of church, those things are included. As Christians, and especially as people in ministry, we have become very familiar with how to do this thing we call church.

What I have been asking myself lately is: “Am I merely playing church like these children in the orchard? What does going to church really mean, and how can I reflect what church is really supposed to be to our people?”

Would those children have been doing church more by lifting up a basket, praising God for his provision in the food and then sharing them with others?

What we have come to define as church is what has become the outward expressions of what we call corporate worship. Understanding the true meaning of the words used for worship and fellowship in Scripture has given me cause for thought in regards to what it means to get together as a church.

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Wendy McCready

About Wendy McCready

Wendy lives in Alma, Ontario, Canada with her husband Mark and two daughters where Mark has been the senior pastor of Alma Bible Church since the summer of 2010. Together they have served for over 15 years in rural and small-town ministry. Their previous small-town pastoral work included a church in the mountains of Colorado while Mark was in seminary, and then in northern Ontario “cottage” country upon graduation. Wendy works as an Educational Assistant in the local schools where she enjoys making community connections in order to share Christ and helping children with special challenges learn new things. She also enjoys participating in music ministry in their church and hosting people in their home.

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