What Are You Doing This Sunday?

➡ Average Reading Time: 2 minutesWeek end and week out Sundays come and go. The patterns that have grown up over the decades in what we call church services or Sunday worship services are frighteningly the same, regardless of what “brand” of church you call home. Mostly, we are inside a building for a short period of time where we follow a pattern that has come to be called church.
  • We gather.
  • We drink coffee and have a surface conversation.
  • We sing.
  • We hear announcements.
  • We listen or not to someone teach/preach.
  • We are invited to ask God into our broken lives or we are beckoned to an altar to ask forgiveness of our sins.
  • We drop by and pick up wine or juice and broken crackers and dip and eat or small shot glasses reminiscent of a bar are passed around with juice or wine and we call it communion.

Often when I left this weekly routine, I ask myself the same question that the song title asks: “Is that all there is?” Surely, the answer has to be NO!

What Are You Doing This Sunday?One wonders when we will change our paradigm. When will we discover that Sunday is the day of the week that should remind us that in Jesus we live in a new creation as new human beings with the assignment of demonstrating that new creation to others around us. Tom Wright asked in his book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, the following question: “What are you going to do this Sunday that is creative, that brings justice and mercy, that offers healing and hope?” (170).

Consider these thoughts:

  • We have to wonder that instead of living to turn the world right-side-up, we continue to live in the world thinking its thoughts and practicing its actions.
  • We have to wonder what would occur if we took Wright’s question seriously?
  • We have to wonder why we are always inviting God to do something when he is working already nonstop?
  • We have to wonder when we will comprehend that he is inviting us into what he is doing, inviting us into his unbroken world instead of us inviting him into our broken church.

So, what are you going to do next Sunday that brings justice, mercy, healing, and hope to your neck of the woods?

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)