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Church on Wednesday?

Church on Wednesday?
Recent trends have led many churches to tinker with their traditional weekly services. For years, the average number of people in the United States who attend church weekly has hovered around 40 percent. While dramatic current events can cause the occasional spike, the average church attendance has continued to drop consistently over the past decade. Concerned pastors and other church leaders are now looking for new ways to keep people coming back to their local churches on a consistent basis.

Among many ideas being tried, churches in Minnesota are now offering full worship services—like those typically seen only on Sunday morning—on Wednesday night. They believe that since families have other priorities on the weekends that preclude church attendance, Wednesday nights can be more accommodating to them. Weeknight services allow families to stay connected with the church while still maintaining their hectic schedules on the weekends.

While meeting on Wednesday night has been part of the Protestant tradition since the Great Awakening, these services have been in addition to weekend services, not as a replacement. The current thought in many denominations is that worship can happen any day of the week; thus, Wednesday services are seen as a valid compromise in today’s world.

However, as Bible believers, we find a different standard in God’s Word. Instead, loyalty to God is demonstrated by faithfulness to His law—and not only when it is convenient to human desire. This, naturally, includes keeping the seventh-day Sabbath—the fourth commandment.

We read, “For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, and God did rest the seventh day from all his works. … For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day” (Hebrews 4:4, 8). This seventh-day Sabbath was set apart from our daily lives and activities. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:9, 10).

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