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Think Church Isn’t Important? Here’s Why You’re Wrong!

Ladies, have you heard about the church in Oklahoma that’s had continuous prayer for nearly 10 years? The program is called “Perpetual Adoration” and began in 2003 on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Church in Norman, Oklahoma.

I think this story is so cool for a number of different reasons.

Apparently volunteers are scheduled to take shifts to pray for an hour at a time so that the act of prayer never stops. They each pray for everyone and everything and they take requests. It was never expected to last more than six months, but “adorers”–the name for the volunteers–have kept it going for 10 years so far.

I love this story because it demonstrates such a great show of devotion and sense of community. Not only has the prayer offered strength to those who requested it, but it also has strengthened the faith of those adorers who play a huge part in making this program work. Without each and every adorer, the program would stop. And each offers only an hour at a time.

But that hour is so beneficial to each adorer.

We live in a busy world. This gives people an opportunity to come to a quiet place to spend some time with the Lord (Father Edward Menasco, pastor, St. Joseph’s).

Church is such an important aspect of the Christian faith. Sure, you don’t have to go to church to believe in God, and certainly the act of attending church doesn’t determine the legitimacy of a person’s faith, but there are very important reasons why we attend church and why church plays a huge part in strengthening our faith.

  1. Church reminds us to take the time to remember God and thank God. Attending church forces us to take time out of our busy schedules to worship. At church, we have to give our Lord and Savior our full attention, something that is not easy to do in our own homes, even if we are in the habit of regularly talking to God.
  2. Church also brings a community together. Just like in the Oklahoma church story, attending church on a regular basis allows you the opportunity to meet other parishioners. Faces become familiar eventually, and even if it was never your intention, you become part of the church family.
  3. Attending a church affords you the ability and the opportunity to give back. Whether it’s as a member of your youth group, the church choir, a reader or an “adorer,” your time is always appreciated when you give it to your church to help others.

PI girls, are you a part of a church? Has it strengthened your faith?

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17 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Genesis91315 on September 2, 2012 at 21:28

    My name is Kellie and I used to go to church all the time and was super active in my youth group (even one of the student leaders!), but then my older friends (the only friends I had) graduated. That was a rough time, but what was even worse was that they switched up the youth program. Honestly, I made excuses not to go to church then because we had no more sunday school for my age group and youth group was switched to sunday nights. I always had had time on wednesday nights but the sunday nights were a real shock to my schedule. My parents had told me that they didn’t like our senior pastor and then I couldn’t look at him the same way again. By the time I finally came back to youth group, another Kelly had replaced me and I felt unneeded and even unwanted. Now I wish I had a church group that truly cared, but I haven’t found one in over a year.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on June 11, 2012 at 17:47

    Yes! I go to church when I can. (The family is having a really ruff time right now and my parents go to the earliest service which is really early for us so we cant go sadly) I can not WAIT till I go back! Im planning to get re-baptized and get a purity ring and everything! Yup I’vr opened my eyes to courting and purity rings!My parents are lost on the courting thing but I really would like to try it out! And the purity ring is genius! I was a so so Christian but now I’ve changed so much. And I am so happy now! 😀

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 08:25

    Church is actually not part of Christianity and Jesus never intended for it to be.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by iAmOfEternalEthnicity on May 29, 2012 at 19:45

      I agree with ClaudiaVernisse. What many people do not realize is that the curch is not an actual building. The followers of Christ make and are the church. The location itself is of no importance. Jesus came to Earth for two reasons: to die for our sins and establish his church.
      “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church” -Colossians 1:24
      And the body is his followers.
      “so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” -Romans 12:5

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ClaudiaVerenisse on May 28, 2012 at 12:15

      Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
      Jesus did attend church, but they were called synagogues. And He would go and preach in them.

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 25, 2012 at 19:12

    I love my church!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jadejam on May 24, 2012 at 08:37

    I do not go to Church every Sunday and I would like to but I am also feeling ill one day or the other. I’m going to start trying to go to Church every Sunday now though. 🙂

  6. katie74340

    Posted by katie74340 on May 23, 2012 at 17:22

    I got to my Church every Sunday. Next year I will begin Confirmation classes. It is like I am at Church every day because I have many special tasks that I do. One of my favorite tasks is being an Acolyte. Church definitely strengthens me!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by dana13se on May 31, 2012 at 13:23

      Katie, do you go to an Episcopal church? I used to be an acolyte, and I can’t think of any other denomination that uses that word.

  7. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on May 23, 2012 at 16:25

    I’ve been going to church since I’ve been young. Until, I got older I’ve gotten more into God and my relationship with him I decided to go to another great church and I look forward to it every Sunday and we worship and talk about things that I needed to hear! It’s the best part of my weekend. I feel that, Church is definitely a big part of God’s path for you.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by 1_artist on May 23, 2012 at 16:17

    I want to start going to church, I’ve never really been to church, but my family and I are very religious (Christianity). The trouble is finding the right church to go to! Sometimes different churches preach different things, and I would like to attend one that really preaches and practices from the Holy Bible (and preferably a local one, lol). \
    I would also love for my children to learn about God and Jesus in AND out of church — and I’ll take my future husband with me at that!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ClaudiaVerenisse on May 28, 2012 at 12:11

      It’s not good to be religious. The bible actually preaches against being religious. It’s not about being religious, but of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ Himself. (:

  9. love4494

    Posted by love4494 on May 23, 2012 at 12:47

    I LOVE going to Church Wednesday and Sunday our my favorite days since I go to church on those days. Church is like my fill for the week it’s something I need.

  10. kayla.hb13

    Posted by kayla.hb13 on May 23, 2012 at 11:51

    I am very involved with my church. I participate in many different missions projects, and it has most definitely strengthened my faith. My youth leaders also post a lot of verses on Facebook, which gets me to pick up my Bible and highlight them… then keep reading! I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ! <3

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by kisa546 on May 23, 2012 at 08:43

    I used to always go to church. But one time I got hurt so I have difficulty trusting people now. I had a Youth teacher who would pick favorites and make me feel invisible. Like one time when I met Leeland we got into a really cool conversation so we talked for a while. I guess she got jealous so when they met Lecrae I didn’t meet him I wanted to meet Luminate. I wasn’t a big fan of Lecrae. So she wouldn’t let me meet Luminate so I was bummed. They were one of my favorite bands. And it was always like that so I guess I drifted away from my church after that. I would refuse to go because everytime I went it was the same thing every time. I would be the one that was invisible and everyone else was all into makeup and stuff like that and I was just into writing music. They had astronger faith I was trying to keep my faith up mainly because my friends kept trying to prove God wasn’t real. I write christain music now and its awesome but I’m gonna start trying to go to church regularly now 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ClaudiaVerenisse on May 28, 2012 at 12:08

      Find a church that you like and feel welcomed in. Don’t let people stop you from recieving your blessing and being closer to the Lord.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 88do on May 24, 2012 at 19:32

      It really depends on how good the church is too and finding the right one. Hey T.M Gaouette- maybe you can write an article on corrupted churches. The Bible mentions stuff like that right?