Did you attend church today?

@stephcjh (32327)
United States
March 23, 2008 12:41pm CST
How many of you attended church today? I spent my time at home with my husband and my daughter. My church is about 45 miles from here, one way. We had a quiet morning at home and I gave my daughter an Easter basket. We work seven days a week, nights, and it is hard to go places in the morning after working all night. My daughter also works 6 days a week too and she worked last night also. Did you feel refreshed after attending church? Is your church the same as it was when you were growing up?
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• India
23 Mar 08
I am a Christian. But didn't attend church. Sorry folks cannot subscribe to people who eat in best of China-ware, Gold & Silver spoon, while many in the world don't get a decent single meal. Got a lot of firing from my sisters. The excuse did not work We celebrated Easter at home. A lot of traditional meals which we don't cook day to day. Happy Easter have a good time folks.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
We didn't go to church today either. We haven't been for many years. We choose to worship the lord in our own way at home. Our church is 45 miles from us now and it has changed alot. We would rather be at home than to go through things there anymore.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Mar 08
My church meets on Saturday mornings and I missed it yesterday because my husband had some work to do on the car.. And yes, I do feel refreshed afterwards, I love it.. And no, it definitely is nothing like I attended when I was a child. I went to a church of G-d out of Anderson, Indiana, which was very dry and boring..Now I attend a Messianic congregation which is why they meet on Saturdays..
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I'm glad you have a good church to go to now. My church turned into a gossip station and we live 45 miles from it now anyway. My preacher married us and we have not been back since. He never sends a flyer asking us how we are or to come back or anything. I guess we didn't give enough in the offering plate or meet the higher standards of some in the church. that is not right. We should all be treated the same but it is not that way anymore, even in church.
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• United States
23 Mar 08
I hear you..This one church we went to, not only did we leave, but a friend of mine left right before we did..My friend had more money and probably put more into the offering than we were able to, but the church didn't even bother to ask why we stopped going, but with my friend, the Pastor and his wife went to my friends home to try to get her to come back.. Unfortunately, this is a church my husband went back to..Probably because they also don't keep accountability there..My daughter and I don't like it because the kids were rude and the adults seemed very fake..So my husband got mad at my daughter and I the other day when one of the girls that wasn't very nice was working at the local grocers..It surprised my daughter and I so much, we didn't say anything to her, brought back many bad memories.. Even if we were wrong in not speaking to this girl, she is not what I think a believer should be, and even if it was a kid thing, she is 18 now, and I am sure she hasn't changed a bit, at least she didn't try to talk to us then..(sorry, churches sometimes brings out some venting on my part, seen too much and heard too much to respect the church any more..)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Thanks for the BR..:)
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
23 Mar 08
We went to church this morning at 8:30 for the fundraiser breakfast the teen-agers put together. We didn't make it to sunrise service because we knew CJ wouldn't be able to get up that early and make it without a melt-down. Church service started at 9:30 and we planned on staying but because I had forgotten CJ's book bag with his drawing papers, etc., that would've kept him calm we had to leave because he got a major attitude problem. That'll teach me not to forget what he needs... We've only been going to this church for a little over a month but when I'm there I feel safe and would prefer not to go out in the 'world' again; but alas, we must go on...
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Yes. i know what you mean. I always felt safe in church too when I was little but my church has changed alot since then and we live far away from it now. My husband and I both work seven days a week also at night time. I work 15 hours and he works 8 hours. There just never seems to be enough time for things anymore but we do worship the lord in our home. He is with us daily.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
23 Mar 08
You are so correct...He is with us all the time no matter where we are.
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
23 Mar 08
No I didn't. We don't have transportation to get to the church. I did pray today though.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
We didn't go to church either. We work nights and my church is far away from here now. I said my prayers today also and spent time with my husband and daughter. That is a blessing in itself.
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Yes it sure is a blessing to spend time with our families.
@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
I have spent my time solely at home. I can't avail to be traveling now but I will surely be doing that soon. Attending church is one good opportunity to be refresh and know that there is greater power who holds the key to helping and making our lives afresh everyday.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
29 Mar 08
We spent our time at home also. We spent some time together and we cooked and went to bed since we work nights. We worship the lord in our home and it is very refreshing afterwards.
@wsamboer (186)
• South Africa
24 Mar 08
Yes, I went to Church with my wife, and I really enjoyed it. Our sermons I straightforward and easily understood. We are fortunate to have a teaching, rather than a preaching Pastor. The teaching is uplifting and enriches your life. Preaching brimstone and fire sermons never attracted me. Not to judge, but Jimmy Swaggert used to preach the brimstone and fire sermons, and there was far too much judgement in that. Church are not the same as when I grew up. Today more Churches are far too much in prosperity preaching. Nothing wrong with prosperity, but the motive behind it is to draw out more money from the congregations. Many Pastors are living in super luxury; driving very expensive cars and are too materialistic in their life style. And for that reason they are preaching the prosperity sermons. Some Churches have become too commercialised to my liking.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Mar 08
That is great to hear. that sounds like my kind of church. My church changed for the worse and they are only out for themselves and alot of people there are very snooty and will not give you the time of day in or outside of the church. I cannot stand that. I quit going because of it.
@reejane (294)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
I was not able to go to Church. It's been awhile since the last time I attend a mass. Back in my hometown, the church improve some of it's physical features. But it's still the same with regards to the interior with minor changes. I feel refreshed after attending a mass but I also feel guilty if I know that I'm not listening to the homily. I may not be a church goer like the others but I try my very best to be a good Christian.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I didn't go to church either. I am not a church go'er either anymore. I feel as though I can worship the lord at home as well. My church is 45 miles away from me now and it is not the same anymore. They are too worried about who gives what than preaching from the Bible.
@KrauseHome (36665)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I attended Church today as I attend Church every Sunday. For me, the only way to live, is to attend Church. We had a wonderful Easter service today and had quite a few guests. The pastor preached an awesome service, and it helped make for a wonderful day. Then after Church my husband and I went out to eat, and then came home and relaxed where I took a much needed nap and spent some time here in myLot.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I guess my mom burnt me out on it when I was growing up. We were always in church and the congragation was not very friendly at all. The church and the pastor also changed and it was more of a place where you had to give alot of money or volunteer for alot of things, to mean anything to them. I used to love everything about church. It made me feel so much better about life, but the people there, acted like they were better than us. I don't like that at all. We should be able to go to church and be sociable and friendly to one another. Most of them act like they do not even know you when you pass them on the street or in a store. I prefer to worship the lord at home now. My pastor married us and has not contacted us since. It looks like he would stay in touch at least once a year to see if we are okay and ask us back. We live 45 miles from there now and he has no clue if we joined another church or anything, but we haven't.
@ellie333 (21018)
23 Mar 08
Wow 45 miles is a long way to travel to church, mine is about a mile away and I usually attend every other week. I didn't today as son had a temperature so I kept him home, he's fine now though. We all had a lovely family meal together and have spent time catching up as my eldest daughter only arrived back today. Hope you enjoyed your quite morning at home. God bles. Ellie :D
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Thank you. May God bless you and your family also ellie. I hope your son stays well. I am glad that you got to spend time with your family also. Our church is quite a ways away from us and it has really changed alot. I do not miss it at all. It just isn't the same anymore.
@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
23 Mar 08
No, I have not but I regret that I did not go today.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I am so sorry you feel that way. It is okay that you missed church. the lord knows we have him in our heart and we love him and that is all that matters.
• United States
23 Mar 08
No i didnt and now i feel guilty! but i prayed and my mind is with Jesus today !:)
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I didn't go either but I do not feel guilty for it. My church is not like it used to be. I would rather worship the lord at home. Our church really does not focus on the Bible or the lord to the full extent. It is more like who is better than who and who can give the church the most.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
I attended church today and will go this afternoon as well. It is a shame that you have to work seven days a week and have no time do anything. In fact that is cruel that your employer will not give you time off, at least Saturday evening and Sunday day so you can get at least a little rest. I suppose he is very reluctant to give you vacation time as well. I am refreshed after attending church and it is not the same one I had when I was growing up. The one I had was more interested in social events than preaching about God. The one I go to preaches the word of God. It is a Reformed Church. It is the same as Presbyterian only from the Dutch tradition.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
We can take the time off any time we would like to but we cannot afford to miss work. My husband lost a good paying job back in September and he makes alot less money now. He has to work seven days a week and so do I now to make up for the loss and it still is not even close to making it all up. Our church isn't the same anymore either. They are too worried about gossiping and who gives the most in the offering plate. They do not treat you as brother and sister either. They "may" speak to you in church but they will not give you the time of day outside of it. I do not think that is church at all. I stay home and worship the lord now because of that.
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
12 Sep 08
since i am in germany i very seldom to attend church coz of thier language.but in Philippines i attend church every sunday and wednesday,yes after church its refreshed and feel great and feel like i have no problem its just great.
@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I miss going to church at times.I used to go alot more.My husband and kids and I used to go and then stopped going.At the time I was going throug I rough time with my husband and everything else.I know that I poor excuse.I need to get back in but at times I am not a morning person.Plus not to meniton my husband has drill one a month and that keeps us from going to church on week ona Sunday.Plus I guess iget busy with my kids and animals and money making sites.
• Australia
27 Mar 08
I did go to church Easter Sunday. I went to my partner's church as they had a dawn service at the cemetary. It was beautiful and a wonderful way to start the day. I attend church every week. I don't go to the same church as my parents, instead I go to a chuch 15 mins away (drive) where they have a youth service each week. I always enjoy the worship and followship.
@soulist (2986)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Well today is a MOnday, but I attended church yesterday as I do every Sunday. I also plan on going to church on Wednesday night for Bible study and from time to time I am there on Monday nights for women's fellowship and tuesday nights for a board meeting because I am on the church board. The church i attend now is a different church than what I went to when I was younger.
@t1ln0b2 (25)
• Canada
24 Mar 08
We have a minister in our church,who plays the organ.He lives about 300 miles away one way and he comes up every Sunday to worship God.It takes him 3 hours to come up.He works nights at the hospital in his city and there is some Saturdays nights he works till 7:00 A.M. and he is at our church for sunday school at10:30 Sunday morning.When your a follower of Jesus,Jesus comes first before anyone or anything.My fanily attend Church every week.Twice on Sunday and on Tuesdays
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yes my family and I attended church Sunday, But we didn't go to the church that we regular attend, we went to a smaller one , and I loved it!!! very friendly people I like small churches ,
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
24 Mar 08
you guys must be working realy hard but i was in church,friday,sunday and the early part of monday,when it comes to attending service,no other thing matters until after the service,i dont make light the issue of my spirituality,that is where i get direction,and i think you should try that too,dont get me wrong am not trying to sound like am a saint or something like that,i just think its the best i can offer my creator and also to hear from him
24 Mar 08
no i did not because i am a hindu. hey but i am a human too . i can attend church. ill do it whenever the opportunity arrives