No more candy. No more bunnies. The Easter lilies may not be wilted just yet but Easter weekend has definitely come and gone.
There were people at your church and mine that had not been seen since Christmas. Numbers were high. Energy was awesome. But no matter how great Easter was at your church, Monday morning rolled around just the same and it was over.
Whether or not pastors have arisen out of their post-Easter comas, another Sunday is just around the corner.
I don’t assume you’re a church member or a regular attender. Maybe you swing by just enough to make sure you don’t miss the vote to change the carpet color. Maybe you’re the Easter-Christmas attender, coming largely to make someone in your family happy or because that’s just what polite people in the South are “supposed to do.”
Regardless of where you stand on the church spectrum (contrary to my 1st grade Sunday School teacher there won’t be prizes in heaven for perfect attendance) here are 3 tips for going to church after Easter:
This might sound silly or self-explanatory but it really is important. Church isn’t a place you go, it’s a people you ARE. This is why the author of Hebrews pleads with Christians, “And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25). While we all need the Church, the Church also needs YOU, to encourage and challenge one another. It probably doesn’t matter where you go, just go.
2.) Come expectant.
Do you remember how you came to church last week? I don’t want to assume too much about your faith journey, but I know a lot of Christians, myself included, come to church on Easter significantly more excited to meet with God than normal. I think we can all agree there’s just something special about the way we prepare our hearts for Easter. Tomorrow, come ready and excited to worship God with your church family just like on Easter.
3.) Don’t judge who’s missing.
It’s the great temptation of the regular attender. You’re there almost every week so you know your church well. Tomorrow you will notice that the wife who somehow convinced her husband to come with her on Easter is back to attending by herself this week. You will notice that your friend’s co-worker who he invited to Easter a month in advance did not come back to church this week. You will notice that your favorite toddler has returned to church with his grandparents instead of the single mom you finally got to meet last week. Whatever the situation, don’t judge who’s not there. Seek them out like Jesus does, as someone just like you and me, in desperate need of grace.
What tip would you add?