In an age when we are constantly bombarded with advertising, vision statements, and goal-oriented living, wouldn’t it be nice to find maybe one or two hours a week when you could gather together with other people without these pressures?
I think so.
One thing I do as a pastor is allow space that is totally free of these constant unrelenting pressures. Even such noble pressures as spiritual ones are just as deadly, if not deadlier. I would meditate on grace and love, believing that the power of these two very real realities would do any of the work that needed to be done.
Churches seem to be the most frenetic, hyperactive, and taut places around. Even though many people would say that we are a Sabbath people and that God does the work, most don’t really believe it.