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What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

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Today’s post is a guest post by my executive assistant, Sarah Piercy, who in addition to working with me for the last 8 years, is a wife and young mom. She wrote this piece for our church blog, and, well, it was too compelling not to share it with you here. In particular, I love point 3. Never heard that metaphor before, and it’s so true in my view. Hope it helps!


I thought missing a Sunday morning service wasn’t a big deal.

I have worked at Connexus Church for 8 years and would only miss a Sunday because I was away on vacation.  Quite honestly, I didn’t think missing a Sunday was a big deal. It’s not a sin. It’s not earth-shattering. No one notices (or do they?).  Right?Then I had a baby and went on maternity leave.  

And I started to participate in our church community like most people do.

And everything changed.

Because, when I miss a Sunday service, I miss way more than I ever thought.

From birthday parties to a sick baby, a variety of reasons had kept me from participating on Sunday mornings. I would watch online. And online is great to keep me connected when I can’t be there in person. Or to share with friends and neighbors who are curious about church but not ready to come. So easy!

But – given the choice – attending on Sunday morning trumps all else. Every time.


When I skip Sunday morning…

1. I Miss Uninterrupted Time to Listen for God’s Wisdom

Sunday’s practical teaching translates into godly wisdom that I can apply daily life – it is so valuable.  

Sure, you can hear great teaching in a variety of ways. But listening online is different than listening in the service.

I don’t know about you, but when I listen at home I have a long to-do list. A child that loves attention. A phone that rings. Floors to sweep. Laundry to fold. Neighbors’ dogs barking. I almost never absorb the message in the same way as I do when physically present on Sunday.

When I’m in the service, I have uninterrupted time. Time to focus on what God is teaching me and reflect on how He wants me to grow. My child is being cared for, my phone is on silent, and there are no chores waiting for me.

I can focus. I can engage my heart and mind.

2. I Miss the Value of Worshiping God through Music with Others

This one is interesting.  And might even be surprising to you.

There’s something intangible that happens when we worship God – out loud – with hundreds of people who share faith in Jesus.

Sundays are an irreplaceable opportunity to take a step back from the busy day-to-day and directly praise the God that loves me and is incredibly worthy of my worship.

Music roots my heart and mind in the truth of who God is. It remembers and celebrates powerful scripture. It leads me to humble myself before God’s majesty in a way that doesn’t always happen when music playing in the car or in the background while I do the dishes.

Worshiping God through music on Sunday’s – with hundreds of people – grounds and fuels my faith.

It inspires me to keep worshiping, keep believing, keep serving, keep loving.

3. I Miss the Power and Movement of the Church

The Church has a mission and purpose.  And every believer is part of it.  We get to spread the amazing news that Jesus Christ loves you, died to forgive you, and he is alive, bringing new life to all who believe in him. What an incredible message to sit on.

We can be a Christian and not actively participate in the local Church.  Our salvation is not dependent on that. It’s dependent on Jesus.

But there’s more at stake than that…

Imagine this:

Your life is a babbling brook. It twists and turns and bubbles and splashes. It’s beautiful.  But has little strength.

But, what happens when you cross paths with another brook. And another. And another?

Something bigger starts to happen. Something one babbling brook can’t do on its own.

Momentum happens.

Then power happens.

Then Niagara falls happens! (Note: did you know Niagara falls generates enough energy to power almost 4 million homes? No babbling brook does that.)

In the same way, 100s (or 1000s) of people moving in the same God-given direction is POWERFUL.  And it doesn’t happen when we are disengaged.

When I miss Sunday mornings, I miss how God is moving our church community to action.

When I miss the host’s welcome, connecting opportunities and the stories of God at work, I miss getting to be part of it because I don’t know how.

I don’t want to miss being part of the power and movement of God’s Church.

Plus, if I’m not there, then how can I bring anyone with me?

So – I do everything I can to attend a Sunday morning service.

Because when I miss a Sunday, I miss way more than I ever thought.

Will you make a commitment to Sunday morning’s with me, too?

Want to hear more thoughts from Sarah? She and her husband Justin recently launched a brand new blog: United & Untied.  

Check it out.

Any Other Thoughts?

So…that’s Sarah’s perspective.

Any other things you miss when you miss church? I would add that of all the people who suffer, I believe the kids are affected most. Here’s why.

Finally, in this post, I outline 10 reasons why infrequent church attendance is becoming more frequent even among Christians.

I’m thrilled to Sarah and many others connect regularly on a Sunday morning. There’s something powerful (even unstoppable) about the church when it gathers.

What would you add to this list?

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  • Teresa Terrell

    Yes, I know and I enjoyed fairly regular church attendance during my retired time, allowing for family trips on some weekends to see my incapacitated mother…Now I am back in EMS be as a care provider I will point out that medical needs happen 24/7. If somebody passes out in church, you are gonna call an ambulance, right? I just transported a non emergent patient and we had sharing and fellowship in the back of our little crowded Traumahawk…😊 Glad to be there for a sister in her hour of need.

  • Bill

    Outstanding article that has encouraged me more than you will ever know. I agree with Walter, it is “refreshing” to hear this perspective. May I have permission to reprint and distribute?

    • Hey Bill…no problem as long as it’s not for sale, resale or distribution as part of a bigger publication. If you just want to share a few copies with friends, leaders or your congregation, go ahead!

  • Walter Swaim

    In a day and age when the “most faithful” go once or twice a month and use excuses or platitudes (or sports, etc. ad nauseam) to avoid regular assembly with their local church your words are as refreshing as the brooks of water you speak of in your illustration. May your tribe increase exponentially. Don’t be discouraged by those who would write negatively about your post. God is obviously blessing your faithfulness and will continue to do so.

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  • Terry L Huffines

    Thanks for the article. Another reason for not skipping opportunities to worship, learn, and serve with a family of faith was provided by John Wesley who said, “The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”

    • Carey Nieuwhof

      great quote!

  • I think what is also great about this piece is that it is a great identifier of an unhealthy church or your time to move on from a church. If you go every Sunday, but you MISS uninterrupted time to hear God’s wisdom… then perhaps the church is becoming too gimmicky. If you go every Sunday, but you MISS worshiping with others… then perhaps the church is valuing production or worshiptainment over real authentic worship. If you go to church every Sunday, but you MISS the power and movement on the church… perhaps the church is getting lukewarm, too comfortable, or stagnant.

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  • Rachel Zito

    I also miss the opportunity to serve other people. I know that sounds crazy, but there is something about coming to a place and not thinking about myself for a couple of hours; thinking about other people and how I can help them out…just by listening and being there, praying for them, or physically doing something for them. When I do this, I gain perspective about my life. I realize that my problems maybe aren’t as big as I thought they were and/or I am encouraged by other people and what they are doing in their own lives. I am able to see how God is moving, and it’s exciting!

  • Mike

    Very cool to hear how the Sunday service positively impacts a person.

    For me, the effect is a bit different. I find myself in the audience wondering why the group has submitted to one person/group of people (i.e. clergy) as the sole mouthpiece of God. I wonder if the wisdom of God is found in other places besides a pastoral sermon, or even the Bible for that matter.

    For the music part, I used to enjoy worship and served in the music ministry. Then it became more about performance asthetics instead of authentic cries of the heart. Now I can’t sit in a song service without seeing the mask of marketing.

    For me, I connect more with God when I’m surrounded by nature, where God is the true artist. Niagara is nice, but sometimes we need the serenity of the babbling brook to hear His still, small voice.

  • Sarah Ingalls

    Growing up as a PK, missing church only happened when we were too sick to go.
    As a married couple, there were times when we didn’t want to go (church politics and hurts) but it was ingrained in us to be there. We kept going regardless.
    Our kids know that the occassions they miss are rare. We don’t stay home “just because”.

  • Great thoughts Sarah, #2 & #3 allude to the fact that God has always been about building a people / community. Yes he cares about us individually but his greater purpose is found only in community. Abraham to a family to 12 tribes to a nation. Jesus focused on building his disciples and the apostles building the churches.