I came across a leaflet from a local church recently which gave their itinerary over the Christmas period. One interesting observation was that there were no services on December 29th. A quick check of your calendar will reveal that this is a Sunday. What are we to make of that? I must say it perplexes me.
Here are some thoughts.
- The special day on which Christians are to gather together is a Sunday; the first day of the week. Our special day is the day of the Lord’s resurrection. We are a resurrection people. We read, for example, of the Corinthians how Paul says to them On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made (1 Cor. 16:2). The implication is that they were coming together on the first day of the week. There seems something wrong when we specifically say we are not going to meet on this day.
- The celebration of Christmas Day has no biblical mandate. Accordingly as a day of celebration, Sunday is more important than Christmas Day because there is Biblical precedent for it.
- We should, of course, be delighting in the wonder of the incarnation all the time. In fact every Sunday we should celebrate the coming of Jesus into this world
- Sunday is our “Refreshment” Day. It is the day we come together to re-align our lives with the Lord’s purposes for our lives. He has given us this day for our renewal. One of the ways God’s people are renewed is by being together in church.
- God works according to a weekly pattern; He established this in creation. God orders things in His own special way. He is a God, in that sense of routine. And we, who are created in His image, operate sensibly when we follow good routine; that is his routine. It is good, if we can, to stick with our special day on a Sunday.
- Moreover, the pattern set at creation is one day of rest in seven. The Lord’s pattern is established of six days work and one days rest (see Ex. 20:11). It is always wholesome to seek to follow God’s pattern. Sunday is our “rest” day from the normal activities of life.
And if you are at a loose end, we are due to be open at Feltham Evangelical Church at 9:30 am and 11:00 am on December 29th.