So, if you have seen me today you will know that I overslept. I woke up at 8:15, thought “Oh, it’ll be fine, my alarm will go off in 45 minutes”…the next thing I knew, it was 11:15. Now, it’s a Sunday today and that means church…the church service that starts at 11 o’clock. I was fairly panicked as I’d never overslept that much, but Elodie as usual told me to stop stressing and that it was fine to miss church, a sentiment reiterated by George when he saw me. However I was determined to go for the end, especially as it was a student lunch day.
Now, part of me thought “well, I’ll just go to Christ Church in the evening” but I didn’t really want to do that. Nothing against Christ Church, but I just didn’t ‘feel’ like going, especially not being used to having a day in on a Sunday, and going to an evening service is still very alien, and will probably remain that way. I still figured I could make some of the service at St John’s! And I did make it, albeit missing the sermon (which I will be listening to if it goes online!), and I was there in time for communion.
But why did I bother at all? Why did I not take Elodie’s advice and have a day to chill and sleep? Well it’s hard to explain in a way, which is why I’m blogging and didn’t say all these things to people I saw half asleep this morning. But I’ll do a list, because that’s easier than forming coherent sentences!
- Seeing church family – Church is not a building but people! There are verses in the bible to say this, but I cannot find them at this present moment (definitely something in Acts about “when two or more meet together Jesus is there”). Therefore, I want to be able to connect with the other members of the church family and encourage them, even if it’s just by being there. I have friends at church, particularly fellow students, and I would hate to miss out on spending time with them.
- Hearing God’s word – Granted, I didn’t actually get to do this today because I was so late! But I got to hear encouraging things about the sermon and usually I also get to hear what a particular passage means and how we can apply it, which will help me live as a Christian.
- Worshipping God – I’ve discovered anew how amazing it is to worship God with others and sing to him. It’s a great way to remember who he is and what he’s done – the one song I actually made it there in time to sing was Better is One Day by Matt Redman, and the chorus really reminds me of how amazing heaven will be!
- Eating food – OK, it was a student lunch day, which meant that there would be free food. But even when it’s not student lunch we usually get food as a group of students, so that’s not really the point. It’s great to spend more time with others and building relationships too!
OK, yes I did get a bit of stick from the other students for being so late, but it was light hearted and encouraging. It was great too to wake up to a text from the leader of the walking bus to make sure I was OK – it’s like we’re all puzzle pieces and great to realise that it makes an impact when someone is missing.
So yeah, here are my spontaneous musings on why I did make the effort to go to church this morning. Please do comment and ask me questions off the back of this – I still probably didn’t explain things eloquently enough!
Also, still looking for Christian student experiences (hint, hint! I have none…)