Sundays are about life. Christians have always made Sunday their primary day of worship, as it was the day of Jesus' resurrection. On Sundays we celebrate his resurrection and the promise it gives us for eternal life. We reflect on Jesus' offer for "abundant life" and on stories like the one we'll hear in the sanctuary this week about making lives better, even on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6). In The Well, there will be a reading of St. Paul's explanation of Jesus working in our lives (2 Corinthians 4:5-12).
So much of our lives are about decay and decline and death. "In the midst of life, we are in death," our funeral liturgy opening acknowledges. Sundays aren't an attempt to deny that truth, but to address it in ways that help us such that "In the midst of decay, decline, and death, we are also in life." We have Acts of Praise and songs of praise because, whatever our situation, we have reason to thank God. We have Affirmations of Faith and statements of encouragement because whatever we are going through, we are joined with others and faithful people across time in believing that somehow God is present and bringing good to us and, therefore, God is deserving of our trust. We hear words that raise before us a type of living that is deeper, better, and more substantial than anything we could bring into being on our own.
Sundays are about life and bringing our lives together on Sundays matters. I hope you'll be in worship this Sunday that the Body of Christ can be gathered to receive and share life.