1. Look up church in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. And it says: Church is anEnglish word thatrefers to a certain kind of religiousbuilding orinstitution.
2. Here Are 5Reasons To Go ToChurch 3. 1. ShowingUp Is A Spiritual Practice 4. Please dont confuse this with attendance I dont object to theconcept of a deity but I am baffled by the notion of one that takesattendance.(Amy Farrah Fowler Big Bang Theory)Life is more than just a struggle forsurvival it has meaning 5. Just showing up is a part of whowe are the need to gather tosearch out meaning.To believe despite the worst that life can throw at us. We show up because we knowthat God shows up too. 6. 2. TheBinaryCode 7. Sometimes The SeemingUseless Study Of The ProfoundDivinity Around Us Can LeadSomewhere Somewhere That Is So Far Beyond Our Present Reality That We Can Not Even Imagine It 8. Gottfried Leibniz, a German mathematician. 1646-1716 was a very religious man and associated 1 with God and 0 with nothingness and it pleased him thatall numbers could be created out of unity andnothing. At the time his invention seemed to have nopractical use. But now, most computing devices usethis number system because computer memory ismade up of small elements which can only be in twostates off/on or 0/1A completely useless concept but now 0101010 or the binary code universal language . 9. So let us dare ourselves to see the world not as it is but as it becomes because we putourselves into it not knowing but trusting that each of our lives and each of our actionsmatter 10. 3.The Floor Is Worn 11. There is something to be said for thehonouring what our ancestors sought. Which was, a place to worship.There is power in the worn floor , it meansthis building was used. It is worn because ithas taken spills, mistakes, good ideas that made a mess. It has been Shelter fromrain, a place to come to for comfort. It is good to be a part of something beyond ourselves it connects us to somethingdeeper. 12. 4. But NotWorn Out 13. This building has been changing since it wasbuilt. It changed with the times - and it is hard to change. At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past. Maurice Maeterlinck Tradition becomes our security, and whenthe mind is secure it is in decay.Jiddu KrishnamurtiSo let us proclaim ourselves not worn out -and be transformed. 14. This building has been changing since it wasbuilt. It changed with the times - and it is hard to change. At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past. Maurice Maeterlinck Tradition becomes our security, and whenthe mind is secure it is in decay.Jiddu KrishnamurtiSo let us proclaim ourselves not worn out -and be transformed. 15. To Be as Wise asSerpentsAnd as GentleAs Doves 16. People go to a place of worship not to remove themselves from the world but inorder to engage more deeply in it. We mustgo to church in whatever form it mightbecome - because we need to forgive and beforgiven, inspire and be inspired, becomforted and afflicted, Religion and ritual isinvented to make the everyday miracle of lifestand out. Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Arthur M. Schlesinger 17. Christians often want to hide behind the walls of the church, where we arecomfortable, but sometimes we have tocome out of the box. Cheryl JamesClearly a big challenge for Christianity is how to remain in contact with themillions of people who look for God butdo not come to Church.Timothy Radcliffe 18. A Church IsA Hospital For Sinners,Not A Museum For Saints.Abigail Van Buren