What sets Sunday apart in your life? Is it getting up early to attend church? Do you spend time with friends on that day - is it set apart for family - is it a day that sports are on?
This eye-catching headline asks the question of where Sabbath and culture meet:
Reclaiming Sabbath might aid our faith http://www.umportal.org/article.asp?id=4120
The secularization of time has created a kind of push back to reclaiming sacred space and schedule. High-church traditions are pulling in numbers of my friends and colleagues.
For me, Sunday traditionally has been a day for sermons, naps, family, and a large shared meal.
That shared meal changed a bit since I grew up and moved away from extended family. Large tables of fried chicken were miles away, grandparents and cousins no longer near.
Now I crave the Eucharist. I love rich sermons, but I've found a fundamental shift in my posture towards Sunday over the past five or ten years - Sunday is a day for sermons, and family, yes - but Sunday is the day on which we take the Eucharist.
I miss it when I've missed several Sundays in a row. My spirit feels enfeebled and impoverished. I miss the quiet, Christocentric ritual that draws me out of my feelings and conundrums and centres me on a tangible, outer expression of the faith.
Now, when I miss a Sunday, I miss the Eucharist.
What do you miss? I hope you're able to say.