Every year, the first Sunday following Christmas is a day we don’t have services.
This year, that Sunday falls on December 28th.
A couple of reasons why we do this:
- As a young church (age demographic), many of our leaders and volunteers travel “home” to spend the Christmas/New Year time with family. We understand the joys of spending that special time with immediate and extended family members. To cancel services provides the opportunity for volunteers, leaders, and pastors to spend time with family without feeling guilty about not being there or scrambling to find workers to fill empty spots just so we can “put on” a service. The corporate gathering of believers is a priority, joy, and privilege we take seriously, however, scripture is descriptive about the specific hows/whens and not prescriptive.
- About 25% of The Metro is serving in some capacity on a Sunday morning. Many of those that serve are serving on multiple Sundays during the month. Taking that one day off, especially after a busy holiday season, allows everyone a much deserved rest. This also builds excitement and anticipation for the New Year and what God is going to do through us in 2015 as we come back together to worship on January 4th!
- This time allows us to remember that we are just as much the church scattered as the church gathered. It is easy to drift into either “camp” that feels that one or the other is the priority of the church, but we must remain balanced in understanding that it is not an either/or but a both/and view of the church.
Your leaders do hope that instead of just sleeping in that Sunday morning that you will take the opportunity to worship with your families at another church! It is our prayer that God will bless this week off to build a renewed sense of joy and excitement about the life of His church and what He is doing at The Metro!