Spiritual Life

Back in the saddle: Celebrate "National Back to Church Sunday"

Sunday marks “National Back to Church Sunday.” I am not sure who designated this, but I’m fairly sure it wasn’t an Act of Congress.

I was wracking my brain trying to think of ways to celebrate “National Back to Church Sunday.” We could watch the game on TV, we could sleep in until noon or we could either be depressed waiting for work to start or get some work done on Sunday, depending on our level of enthusiasm toward work.

Or maybe this Sunday would be a good one to go back to a church you are familiar with or try a new one. This coming Sunday is actually a pretty good Sunday to visit a church or to get back into the habit of attending church. Churches are beginning their year. There are new Sunday School classes, new sermons and a renewed energy as we head toward Christmas.

Going to church is part of a life rhythm, at least for some people. It is time to worship something besides ourselves. It is a time to be together with other believers, to be challenged by God’s Word, to remember with joy that God loves us, God came for us, God died for us and God invites us to live in Him as He would like to live in us.

We go to work five days, play one day and then set aside one morning for our nourishment from God. Going to church helps us make friends, gives us some time before God to recognize again that God is God and we are not.

All week long we are catered to as though we are God. We do what we want, we get what we want. All sorts of businesses are set up to serve our wants, and even create the wants that we didn’t know we had. But on Sunday, we rethrone God in our lives. We move ourselves off the throne and replace ourselves with God.

Let me encourage you to get back into the rhythm of church. It is good to recognize that we are not in control of everything. It is good to feel loved and graced.

There are many great churches in our community, and I strongly urge you to check one out this Sunday. Our church would love to have you stop by. Silicon Valley can be a place of displacement and redoing our lives as we come from other places to work and live here. And in that move, it is easy to lose the rhythm of churchgoing. Get back into church. You won’t regret it.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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