Why go to church?

Simon Cozen’s quit working as a programmer to train as a missionary — and he hates going to church! This was one of the things that drove me into Orthodoxy — wanting something more out of every Sunday — but, you know, even the Orthodox church doesn’t make a heck of a lot of difference when, sometimes, you just don’t want to go. Or rather, I always feel compelled to go. But there are periods in my life where I don’t get anything out of it. (Granted, when I’m not “getting anything out of it,” I tend to be feeling extra-rebellious.) So, what keeps you going when you don’t feel like it?

3 thoughts on “Why go to church?”

  1. So, what keeps you going when you don’t feel like it?

    1) the thought that this is what Christians have been doing for 2000 years and that this celebration is what makes us Christians (body of Christ)

    2) the thought that I will benefit greatly from receiving holy communion (and also certain other parts of the Mass that always bless me)

    3) the thought that going to church is not just for me, but that I will have the opportunity to pray for others

  2. Church is one of those places where, no matter how much I don’t want to go, I’m always happy I went!

    I love singing the hymns, the pastor’s sermons are always interesting, most of my friends attend the same church. It’s one of the few places where people want the true answer when they ask, “How are you doing?” Sometimes I just need to be reminded that I am a part of a caring community, and that God love me no matter what!

    terah

  3. why go?

    1. obedience. boring, grinding “this is what God wants me to do” obedience. … it’s what I am supposed to do obedience. “forsake not the assemblying of yourselves” And amazingly most times I leave with a bit of a blessing, a sense of connection with other people.
    2. Sometimes because I remember what I read that Helen Keller said when someone asked why she attended church, after all she could not hear or see anything going on around her. As I remember it she said, “because I want people to know whose side I am on.”
    3. for the homilies, the sermons, the shared testimonies of encouragement. It is difficult to get that just anywhere.
    4. because I do not particularly like listening/watching church TV I like being around real people who believe the same way I do.
    joan

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