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An Atheist Church
I recently watched a video on a growing movement among atheists to gather on Sundays and celebrate their common bonds. In the short clip I watched people in a “church” like atmosphere as they sing, fellowship, and listen to a message preached by a comedian. It appeared very much like what I experience on my typical Sunday morning (except the comedian) at Trinity.
Some people commented negatively on the website about atheists trying to be like Christians without any acknowledgement of God. I think that such a gathering should be supported by Christians. It demonstrates that God has imprinted on the human spirit the deep need to come together with others for support and human contact. The atheist church looks so much like a Christian congregation because all people need to joined together to celebrate something or someone more than the isolated person.
In reality the atheist church is a substitute for the real thing. Christian fellowship is a very necessary part of growing as a follower of Christ and the sustenance of the Christian church. Our time together is critical to the life and mission of God’s people. Luke records the life of the early church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”(Acts 2:42). The church of Jesus Christ has a divine hunger for being together with others who are connected to the living God through faith. Our fellowship is based on a God given need to support, encourage and bless each other with God’s love and grace.
Even as atheists may rail against the idea of God and the Christian faith, they demonstrate God has implanted in all people a desire to gather with others for a common purpose. Christians gather because we know a God who has revealed his love and grace through his Son, Jesus Christ. Our gatherings are opportunities to worship the God who have given us the gift of forgiveness, hope and eternal life. We are blessed to know and celebrate the God who calls us together. Atheists who gather on Sunday are still searching for that God. Pray that in their Sunday services they would discover the God who loves them and wants them to celebrate him.
WHY WE EXIST
Jesus said, "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it" (Mark 8:35). Those were radical words in Jesus' day and even more so now. Jesus was challenging those who would follow him to put aside the things that distracted them from impacting the world with the Good News. It is a hard thing to consider giving up everything in order to love people who may not be interested in what we believe. Trinity does not exist to preserve an institution or make sure all the rules are being kept. It exists to give everything we have toward influencing this community with the love of Christ. It will require the kind of risk and sacrifice that only Jesus can inspire. We serve with the highest privilege and greatest joy of knowing that our calling is to serve the risen Jesus Christ. That is why we exist and that is why we are called Christians.
Join us any time as we connect with Him.
Trinity Lutheran (LCMS), in the vein of historic Biblical Christianity, teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, loving all sinners into a relationship with Him. At Trinity, Jesus is the centerpiece of our activities, the focal point of our Sunday worship schedule, and the object of study in our Sunday education hour. If you want to see Jesus, hear Jesus, and learn of His love for you and His desire to be connected with you, please join us any Sunday. We exist to proclaim and live God’s love in Christ, as forgiven sinners sharing God’s message of love. God offers a second chance (actually, as new starts as you need) in forgiveness and commitment with fellow sinners in need of His grace.