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The Pastor’s Pen

Last week we continued our Fall Discipleship Series by asking the question: What does a disciple of Jesus Christ do? Our topic was presence, or church attendance. We concluded that the answer is simple: Disciples show up. Since we are in the middle of a presidential election cycle, I thought you might enjoy the following story.

Just after President James Garfield was inaugurated, someone told him there was to be an emergency cabinet meeting the next day at 10:30 a.m. Knowing this was a Sunday morning meeting, the president asked, “What do you mean?”

The staffer responded, “Well, it’s an emergency meeting of your cabinet in the morning at 10:30 a.m.”

The president replied, “I’m sorry. I already have another commitment in the morning at 10:30 a.m.”

However, the staff member was persistent: “But this is your cabinet. This is an emergency meeting. This is an important meeting.”

Still, the president held firm: “I’m sorry. I have a more important meeting in the morning at 10:30 a.m.”

By this time the White House staffer was baffled and asked, “What could possibly be more important than a new president meeting with his cabinet?”

President Garfield explained, “Listen, every Sunday morning I have an appointment to worship the God who has created me, and I do that. Now, if you all want to go ahead and meet, you can go ahead and meet without me. If you’ll put off the meeting until 12:30 p.m., I’ll be glad to attend. But the most important appointment I have tomorrow is with my heavenly Father.”

We all make and keep priorities. What does a disciple of Jesus Christ do? A disciple prays. A disciple also shows up for worship

Luke 4: 16 tells us that Jesus entered the synagogue one Sabbath day “as was his custom.” Let us never neglect the joyful call on our lives to be people of deep and committed worship. I look forward to week three of our series this coming Sunday. What else do disciples do? Come and see.