Our Bible verse for today: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go up to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
Our thought for today: “Your happy place.”
One of the things I love about Oak Hill Baptist Church is the sounds of laughter that ring out throughout the place. When our church family is gathered it tends to get loud because there’s always so much laughing and joking going on. There are smiles and greetings, hugs and laughing, joking and kidding. In the Sunday school classes there’s lots of good teaching, but the fellowship among the members is even better than the lessons. In our worship service the time of greeting and fellowship is happy chaos as people wander around the sanctuary hugging, talking, laughing, and greeting one another. I frequently get the complaint that I don’t allow the fellowship time to go on long enough. (I think I could skip the sermon and just let the people spend those thirty minutes greeting each other and mingling and everyone would be just fine with that!)
And if you really want to hear some hearty laughter, you should listen-in on our Thursday night Marriage Enrichment Bible Study. Eight couples meet every Thursday evening to watch the “Love and Respect” series on DVD, followed by a group discussion. The DVD is funny, but the group discussion is hilarious. The things that get said in there! Good thing we have a rule that says “What’s said in here stays in here!”
Church is my happy place. Whether the church is gathered for worship, study, fellowship, work projects, recreation, or for any other reason, it is always a bright spot in my week. The rest of life can sometimes get heavy and maybe even a little discouraging. Gathering with the church family is the tonic that makes it all better.
A few years ago the Country singer Kenny Chesney had a hit song titled, “Everybody wants to go to heaven (but nobody wants to go now)” “Everybody wants to go to heaven, have a mansion high above the clouds, Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now … I’m having fun down here, don’t you know that? Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now …”
I’m sure you probably do want to go to heaven, but not right now. Well, it’s often been said (and I know it to be true), that church done right is a little taste of heaven. So come to church instead! At Oak Hill Baptist our Sunday school is at 9:00 and the worship service is at 10:00. We’ll make you feel welcome, you’ll get your share of hugs, you’ll probably laugh a good bit, and before long church will be your happy place too!
By the way, Kenny Chesney’s song reminds me of little Johnny in Sunday school. The teacher told the children to raise their hands if they wanted to go to heaven. They all raised their hands except for Johnny. The surprised teacher asked, “Johnny, don’t you wan to go to heaven?” Johnny hesitated and then said, “Well, I do, but do I have to go now? Mom said we’re having cherry pie for desert today and that’s my favorite!”
Amen Johnny. I can relate little brother. Heaven is going to be great, but I’d like a little more cherry pie before I go.