Imagine giving your apologies when you won’t be at church.
Is that such a crazy idea?
Church is a family – we all belong to each other. And it matters when family members aren’t there – your absence impacts me, and vice versa.
When I can’t make a family dinner, I let the family know. Shouldn’t it be the same for church?
This is a radical culture shift, isn’t it? Afterall, we live in a culture where people are increasingly unlikely to RSVP to an event they have been invited to.
But perhaps this change in culture would better reflect the nature of what it means for God’s people to gather – that our meetings are more like family dinners than football matches.