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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