Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Closed for Business...

As I was eating breakfast this morning, I heard a story on Fox News about many mega-churches not having services on Christmas Day, which this year falls on a Sunday. A spokesperson for Willow Creek Community Church, perhaps the proto-mega-church said the last time Christmas fell on a Sunday only a few people came to pray? So??
She also said,
"If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don't go to church, how likely is it that they'll be going to church on Christmas morning?"
If you go to church, as thousands upon thousands of members of Willow Creek and other mega-churches do, then are you not "churched?" Christmas Day, or the Nativity of our Lord as it is sometimes properly known, is the second most holy day of our Church Year. If only one person comes to celebrate, that warrants the doors being open and the Eucharist being celebrated. If no one comes, then the doors really need to be open to witness to the need and imperative of the worship of God. It's ironic that the celebration of God's Incarnation, of God becoming one of us to save all of us, is the day that an increasing number of Christians view as day not to "embody" the faith. I hope everyone celebrates Christmas Day at Church. Who cares if the crowd is small, it was small in Bethlehem, too.

Steve +


Blogger King of Peace said...

I just heard of this on CNN. Puzzling really. I think you put it well Steve. No matter the number in attendance, it is an important witness to the Incarnation. It is not a problem for King of Peace as we always have a Christmas Day worship service.

Will mega-churches also forgo a New Years Day worship service? Or does a non-Christian Holy Day deserve more attendance than one of our principle celebrations?

I feel that celebrating the Christ Mass is an essential part of Christmas.


12:57 PM  
Blogger St Michael's Episcopal Church said...

The spokeswoman for Willow Creek said they will not have services for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. I'm not trying to pick on Willow Creek, but I think this represents a major issue with the church growth/mega-church movement: if everything is for the unchurched, then what sort of nurture, attention, and care do the "believers" get? It gives the impression that once you get your card stamped, you don't really matter. I'm certain that Willow Creek and other mega-churches care for their members and they seek to care for their "churched" members through small groups, etc., but I also think the non-mega-churches participate in a similiar manner. Many times we cancel or significantly cut programming during the summertime because we expect a low turnout. Isn't that, in a way, giving permission for people to miss church?

1:23 PM  

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