As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn’t want to go to church.
This was unusual for Chloe, since she usually wants to go.
We were between churches at the time, but we’d found a church we thought was a good fit for our family. We liked it there.
Chloe’s reaction made us think she’d either noticed something or had something happen to her that we were unaware of. When Amy and I asked her why she didn’t want to go, her response was it was boring and they wouldn’t let her play.
“We have to learn,” she said in a tone of voice which she might as well have used to say they made her clean the toilets.
We told her going to church wasn’t so we could play games. While playing games can be a part of going to church — especially in relation to children’s ministries and events — the primary purpose for going to church is to learn about and worship our heavenly father.
In a previous column, I’ve mentioned worship can be defined as “our response to God based on who he is and what he has done.” Worshipping God is necessary, especially for those who have a relationship with him through his son, Jesus Christ.
Why is worshipping God necessary? Because if you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you recognize the sacrifice Jesus made (John 19:16-30). You also recognize the love necessary for God to give up his only son for us (John 3:16). Those two facts alone require a response on our part.
Worship is also a time for our own spiritual renewal, where we can receive the strengthening and encouragement we need to do the things and be the people God wants us to be.
Can worship be fun? Yes. There have been many occasions when I’ve been in a worship service where laughter came frequently and easily. But I’ve also been in worship services where there is a somber atmosphere. I’ve even been in worship services where tears flowed as freely as the laughter I spoke of earlier.
Not all worship is “fun.” Nor does it have to be. The reason why is because worship is not about us. It’s about our heavenly father.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.