2020 challenged our definition of the word “church.” For some, church is a physical gathering on Sunday morning. So, when the experience changed and moved online (and later to a limited in person experience with signups and masks), then church itself changed.
For others, church is the Sunday sermon, or the message, or the content, or the preaching the word. So, when the church went online, it was great because they still got fed and encouraged. But as churches have reopened their doors and called their folks back to a physical gathering, some are content to opt out and continue to get their church from the comfort of their own home.
For me, church has elements of those two above items (gathering and message), but church is about actively serving other people. It’s why so many churches went into action in 2020 and cared for health care workers. And fed hungry people. And encouraged teachers. Churches were the literal hands and feet of Jesus in a year when it was most needed.
Questions for further thought:
1. For you, is church more gathering with people or the message you hear?
2. How can you serve someone else today?
The 3rd Wednesday of each month Hillcrest hosts a food distribution for Feeding South Dakota. Join other Hillcresters January 20th to be the church in action.
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