have you seen this on the news? many mega-churches will be closed on Christmas day. I'm saddened by this. are we too busy to worship on the day we actually celebrate the savior's birth? In reading the news article I was struck by something a spokesperson said:
"Cally Parkinson, a spokeswoman for Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., said church leaders decided that organizing services on a Christmas Sunday would not be the most effective use of staff and volunteer resources. The last time Christmas fell on a Sunday was 1994, and only a small number of people showed up to pray, she said.
"If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don't go to church, how likely is it that they'll be going to church on Christmas morning?" she said."
So I sent an email to Willow Creek's general email address in the hope that someone, in particular, Ms. Parkinson will read it.
I pointed out that the purpose of services is the worship of God, not evangelism. If their mission and target is reaching the "unchurched" then it makes no sense to even build a church for that purpose. I also said that, logically, the unchurched wouldn't be in church ever, that's why they are called the "unchurched." Essentially, the reason she gave for cancelling services makes no sense.
I also told her that while it is discouraging that attendance on Christmas Day Sunday is always lower, I am encouraged by what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
"Hey Jesus, we love you, but we can't spare an hour on your birthday"