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Whether we acknowledge it or write it off as nit-picky semantics, Church Service = Church is something that’s crept into our culture, just look at our language…

are you going to church? I’ll meet you at church. Lunch will be after church. Where do you go to church?

Even the signs outside our buildings proclaim the same, “Lets do church together”, “Come to church this Sunday…”, “All are welcome to join us for church”.

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Church is somewhere we go to, something we’re in, some place we’re at, something we do…

but what if church is something we are?

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“good day to you fine sir” became,

“what is up”…

“what’s up” …

“sup”.

We love to shorten & compact, I guess that’s why we spend so long “unpacking” ideas, phrases & terminology.

The “church service” became “church”…

and in doing so the “The Church” became just a service… a couple of hours one day a week.

And because it was only a couple of hours a week everything about it took on immense importance, the building it was in, the people involved, the quality of the production

And because so much time, energy and resources went into those two hours it surely must mean God cared about them most… that must be why I had to put on my best clothes & be extra nice to my brother & sisters, because God cares about the church & church happens on Sundays.

Some of us earn extra credits for attending fancy churches with spiral staircases & water features, “we’re honoring God” we say, when in reality all we are doing is honoring ourselves for honoring god.. “look at me I love God three-stories-and-a-water-feature much!”

And as I am a consumer it is only fair I search for value for money, bang for my buck, what meets my needs, because if I’ve learnt anything it’s that church is about me…and as long as I turn up, pay my tithes & smile, all will be well, like a country club to appease the soul…

or is it a salve for my conscience for the things I do, the way I talk & treat people Monday through Saturday… but then I don’t really believe Monday to Saturday matters…

after all we’re called to be the church & that’s just a service on Sundays.