Why meet twice on a Sunday?
As a church we put quite a high premium on meeting twice on a Sunday. I know not everyone does, and that’s fine, but here’s a couple of reasons why we think it’s a good thing:
1. Practically we have shift workers and parents of toddlers. If you have to work shifts on a Sunday, you’re still able (hopefully) to make one of our other services. And if you do we’ll all try and be there so you’re not left alone. If we all decided to drop the evening service the person who’s worked an early shift finds none of their friends are there – not cool. Similarly, if you’re fielding little people at the morning service its nice to be able to come out on your own in the evening and enjoy some adult company. Practically it’s a way of expressing love for others – we go out of our way to try and make sure people have a meaningful Sunday experience and that’s a church-wide project.
2. Second, Sunday is resurrection day. Why did the early church move their gatherings from the Sabbath to the first day of the week? Cos its resurrection day. And what does resurrection signify? The dawning of new creation – Spring has Sprung. Sure it’s still a bit wintry as spring days often are but the corner is turned and the dawn of new creation has begun. So what? So resurrection day is new creation day – its a time to, in a very small way, anticipate something of new creation. So we gather together as God’s people, hear from God, sing to him and worship him, and enjoy time with God and one another – and its an all day thing. So we meet together in the morning, eat with people at lunch, enjoy recreation if the afternoon, meet together in the evening, go home, go to bed. It’s an all day celebration of resurrection day in anticipation of new creation day.
So there you have it. Two simple reasons why meeting twice on a Sunday is a gooooood thing.