My family and I spent the weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia to mark our wedding anniversary. It felt foreign but refreshing to not be at church with any responsibilities. And conveniently, it happened to be Super Bowl Sunday. Great game, eh? The kids and the wife weren’t so interested but I enjoyed the game. By now, you’ve all heard about what may come down as one of the greatest upsets.
As I was watching the game, I mentioned to my wife that it’s been six years since I’ve watched the Super Bowl. I’ve caught the last few minutes here and there but this was first time I’ve seen the game in its entirety in six years. I enjoy sports but the reason is because Quest began with a 5pm gathering and has continued to host the 5pm service [along with a 9.15am and 11am].
And every year during Super Bowl Sunday, the church staff gets our share of inquiries, emails, prayer requests, and bribe money to either cancel the 5pm service or reschedule it to another time slot – in lieu of a churchwide party at the church building or warehouse. And honestly, I was very tempted couple years ago when the Seahawks played the Pittsburgh Stealers in the big game but Minhee was quick to rebuke the living daylights out of me in my moment of weakness.
So, if one chooses to go to an earlier service or altogether miss church that Sunday, it’s no biggie since we’re all adults and can make your own decisions. Better yet, plan your wedding on that weekend so you can take a trip out of town during your anniversary. I’m cool with folks hosting their parties; going to neighbors’ homes; partying with co-workers, etc. But won’t cancel “church” because “church” should be seen more than an “event” that we can just cancel or reschedule. And if you’re a pastor or leader that have wrestled with this and made the “other” decision – more power to you. I’m sure you have good reasons.
As for me, I’ve come to peace that even if no one shows up to the 5pm service, it just doesn’t matter. Until the 5pm folds or moves to another permanent time slot, we’re going to hold our time of worship, songs and psalms, teaching, and communion. And regarding the Super Bowl being a great “outreach” event, gimme a break… I’d love to hear otherwise if I’m wrong.
But I must say…that was an incredible catch.