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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?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    17 COMMENTS

    1. 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 🙂

    2. 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

    3. 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!

      • 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. (:

    4. 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.

    5. 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!!

      • 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.

      • 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

    6. 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! 😀

    7. 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.

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