Sometimes people ask why they can’t just “sign up” to join the church as you would for a health club or some other organization. Instead we ask people to join as a part of worship. Why do we do that?
Well, it’s not to torture shy people.
Here’s the reason: the worshipping community matters. It’s not just about you making promises; the church members make promises to you as well. It wouldn’t make any sense to make joining a community a private matter, would it? You really won’t be on your own.
And speaking of private, this isn’t just a private event for human beings only.
We believe without a doubt that God is present, and particularly so during our most important community event, Sunday morning worship. We have members join the church publicly, and during worship, because this is a prayerful and meaningful act, not just for you but for all of us.
We may invoke that mighty cloud of witnesses – all those generations that have gone before us, and join us in eternal community that stretches beyond time and space. You are joining with a community that may have begun long before you were born and will continue long after, if not in this world, then certainly in God’s heart.