Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve

Some years ago, two signs were placed on the doorway of the sanctuary at Kenilworth Union Church. On the way into the sanctuary, a plaque reads, “enter to worship” and on the way out the door, another reads, “depart to serve.” The signs are both commonplace and dynamic. They say what is obvious and true while reminding us, with the simplicity of six well chosen words, of our true purpose. It is a potent nudge in the direction of living into our Christian commitments.

All over the world, sacred spaces do the same: call us toward God and proclaim an embodied, active, working faith. Some are easy to visit. Others are obscure or at the far ends of the earth. Collectively, all of you who read this devotional have visited hundreds (probably thousands) of the world’s most remarkable places of worship from the Christian tradition.

For these few short weeks between the beginning of the year and our February 14 (Valentines!) Ash Wednesday when we begin the season of Lent, I will turn us toward the world’s churches and cathedrals that—with noteworthy architecture and spirited histories—urge us to worship and serve the Lord our God.

January 10, 2024

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