Our congregation was founded in central North Carolina over 250 years ago by immigrants from Germany. Since then faithful people have been gathering here to worship and glorify God. Thanks for visiting our website, and we hope you’ll visit Brick Church this Sunday.
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Word for Wednesday…Sleeping In On a Sunday
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praises. For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10).
I have a confession to make. Last Sunday I slept in until almost 9:00. I can’t remember the last time I slept that late on any day of the week, let alone on a Sunday. But it gets worse; I didn’t go to church either! Before I go any further I should tell you that I was on vacation. But even when I’m on vacation I will try to go to church somewhere, but not this time. This time, I didn’t go to church anywhere!
A good night’s rest was not the only benefit we received from skipping church that day. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. The kids spent the morning playing video games and watching television. It was so far removed from what we experience on a typical Sunday it was surreal, almost like a dream. But it wasn’t. I remember saying to my wife, around 11:00 that morning, as we were finishing up breakfast, still in our pajamas, “This is what nearly every Sunday morning is like for people who don’t go to church.” She agreed. It was really nice, at least for the moment, but only because it was a rare exception. As I imagined our lives without God in it, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare.
The difference God has made in my life and in the life of my family cannot be overstated, and I’m sure I’m only aware of the tip of the iceberg. I am far from a perfect husband and father, but the quality of the relationships I have with my wife and children is all due to God’s grace at work in my life. As James reminds us, “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above” (James 1:17). I owe every good thing in my life to God. I would be remiss if I did not give Him thanks and worship Him. I would not know how to live if I did not hear from Him. I would not have the strength to obey if I did not receive grace from Him. All this happens on Sunday, when God’s people gather together to worship Him.
Years ago our society offered us little to do on a Sunday, except to go to church. In those days the temptation to sleep in was the only thing we had to overcome. Today, Sunday is almost no different than any other day of the week. I understand that there are people who have to work on Sundays, and certain services that need to be operational seven days a week, like police and medical personnel. And of course, we all sometimes need to rest, even pastors. But as the Psalmist reminds us, the best place we can be is in God’s house, worshipping Him, hearing His voice, drawing strength from His presence, and receiving His grace. ... See MoreSee Less