It’s very strange to be sitting in my den at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning!
The past two days, northeastern Ohio received a considerable about of snowfall – nearly 20″ in our area. This is not large for some areas, but for us, at the end of the winter season (with the municipalities run out of road salt), this is a load! Three local counties, including our own, either ordered or requested that people stay off the roads — emergency traffic only.
So, like our neighbors the United Church of Christ congregation, the Foursquare Gospel chapel, the Lutheran parish, and others … we canceled our morning services. (An evening service is as yet undecided.)
For a clergy person, sitting home on a Sunday morning doing nothing is bizarre! In a few minutes, my wife will probably get up — we will read the Daily Office together (which we do every other day of the week), and then we will watch one of the Sunday morning TV news-and-talk shows (probably CBS’s Sunday Morning).
This is, I suppose, how many of the 80% of Americans who don’t attend religious services spend their Sunday mornings.
I have to admit that I can understand why people would prefer to laze about, relax, not jump out of bed, shower, shave, down a quick cup of java, and rush off to church. (To say nothing of getting the kids out of bed on yet another morning….) Yes, I can understand that.
And yet, I don’t understand it, because right now for me there is something missing. The fellowship, the music, the liturgy of Holy Communion, the sense of connection with God and with men and women who share that connection … that’s what’s missing. An easy morning with the television and the newspaper simply cannot take the place of that connection.
Sunday morning at home just doesn’t compare with Sunday morning at church!