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Why I Go To Church Services

Updated on April 8, 2017

God's hand is seen wherever I look.

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Just as you once did, I also went to school and sat in classes, nearly 20 years in fact not counting military classes and other job training.

So why would I go to church services on the Sabbath and sit again for the better part of three hours?

I think it is because I think that in many respects it is "the better part" of my week.

I find it a time I can contemplate my personal relationship to God.

I can weigh whether or not I am progressing in gaining a better understanding of life, or service, of devotion to something higher than myself, and my progress as a member of my family.

You might want to suggest that I can do all those things on my own by taking a hike in the nearby mountains, or along the shore of the nearby lake, even by quietly contemplating such questions in my study or living room as I often do.

I could sit at home and even sing hymns, donate to the USO or some other charities that do meaningful good in my society and abroad, as I also do.

That's true. I could, but I also choose to attend structured services and classes where lessons are taught, tithes are offered, and thoughts are exchanged on a day devoted to worship and contemplation.

Doing so doesn't make me any better than the person who seeks a meaningful understanding of life, and God, and service to others. But somehow I feel that doing so has the potential to help me become a better me. To me that is important enough to sit, and listen, and discuss things I have found to be important in my life.

In the process I meet with other men, women, and children who share some of those same feelings about the Sabbath.

We meet in fellowship and devotion, believing as I do that where two or more of us are gathered together Jesus Christ will somehow be there also to lift our spirits, urge us on, and lead the way with truth and light.

Prayer does wonderful things for me, and church is one place where I devote time to prayer and hymns of praise and supplication along with others who come for many of the same reasons that I come for.

There is a simple answer for why I go to church on the Sabbath: it feels right to me.

At the end of the Sabbath a new day will come and the world will crowd in again with its own demands, but I will start fresh again, renewed in my knowledge that I am here for a purpose...and that life is not just some incredible coincidence.
At the end of the Sabbath a new day will come and the world will crowd in again with its own demands, but I will start fresh again, renewed in my knowledge that I am here for a purpose...and that life is not just some incredible coincidence. | Source

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      Yes Dear 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      lovely!

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      Yves 2 weeks ago

      What a beautiful hub, Demas. One hears that churches corrupt, that they control, that they are useless.

      But with one simple article, you have explained the purpose of churches, and why having houses of worship, as well as a special day to worship together, is a good and lovely thing.

      Thank you for that.

      Enjoy your church services today! You've done good.

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      Dana Tate 2 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice hub!

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      Lori Colbo 2 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      It's my favorite day of the week too. We are called not to forsake the assembling together. The Apostles and other in the Book of Acts gave us a good example of going to worship. In the Epistles the writer's often talk about the body of Christ and how how not to worship and I.

      I have friends that say nature is their church, or that they watch sermons online. Neither is church. For church you go to worship the Lord and fellowship. Some will say "Oh, but I do fellowship during the week. That's not the same. We all need each other to serve the Lord and function as a church. This is a very good article. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We do a kind of Grace deal around my home. A blessings kind of love test. Not to heavy. We just get a bunch of blessings going to church. Palm Sunday was/is awesome. When you love life you look for it in full blossom. Church to us is the flower of the week. My boy and I hugged a whole bunch of folks today and walked in the procession of the triumphal entrance. Dude!! Church is awesome!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Your comments are welcomed, but your readership is welcomed even more. Here we share thoughts, yours and mine. Our freedom to choose our path forward, to repent of the past and move on is God's greatest gift. While we still breathe we retain those blessings. To ignore them is to waste them. May God bless you in every righteous undertaking...until and after we are undertaken.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      In an age where people have so many reason for not going to church, it is refreshing to meet someone who feels the need to go. It's all about the branch-vine connection that Jesus spoke about. Your testimony is encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ms. Dora, that is an expressed part of why I go to church services.

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