On four of the final six Sundays this year Immanuel will gather for an evening worship service. I want to challenge you to attend. I think that if you come you will not only benefit yourself but also bless others. I hope you will break the habit of never coming and build the routine of showing up. I hope you will regret finishing the 4:30 NFL game (we have TiVo for that) or worrying about Monday’s workload (we have Matthew 6:34 for that). These are loving pastoral admonitions for your good. None of us spend enough mutually beneficial and encouraging time with Christians.
Why Gather Twice on Sundays?
Here is how we define a service gathering: Because we believe the church is a family we gather in one place at one time most Sunday nights. Our goal is to worship and fellowship as prescribed in the Bible by hearing, praying, and singing God’s Word together. We also meet early to encourage you to linger after the service or eat dinner together. Please join us tonight as we love and care for one another.
Why Gather at 5:00 PM?
Great question. Here are some answers: (1) to encourage post-services meetings showing that the gathering is more important than the committee meetings or choir practice, (2) to preempt dinner, after which we are less likely to leave the house, in general, and less likely to attend church, in particular, (3) to maximize daylight for those who struggle to drive after dark, (4) to accommodate Sunday night choir rehearsal, (5) to make evening services accessible to families with young children, (6) to create a personable and less apprehensive service for guests, and (7) to allow for hospitality over dinner or dessert afterward.
Why Should You Gather with the Church?
Sunday night service gatherings provide a platform to obey God’s Word. Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Don’t miss out on the life of the church. When we gather sermons will guide, updates will inform, relationships will grow, votes will decide, and prayers will intercede…all on Sunday night.