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As the Christmas day celebration comes to a close and families settle in for the evening, travelers are wondering if the roads will be safe to travel because of the predictions and forecast of snow. The news weather service reported the strong possibility of a white Christmas and indeed it was a white Christmas. News stations also reported flight cancellations, but the roads did appear to be safe for traveling. As the evening progressed, alerts began to scroll across the bottom of the t.v screen and the alerts named churches that canceled there services for Sunday. I wonder what many devout and religious folk will do on the Sunday after Christmas; church is canceled. Our culture certainly has a way with words; "services canceled". The very notion of coming together to worship God is canceled. I can remember similar announcements I've heard in the early part of 2010, in reference to the church. Announcement such as: •Â Church closed •Â Church in foreclosure •Â The church burned down. Christmas evening, December 25th, 2010, many churches are announcing "services canceled". Can the church close and service canceled? Is a church ever in foreclosure? Is is possible foe any church to burn down? When talking about the ecclesia, the called out ones or the people of God, we are never in foreclosure, closed and we can not burn down. It is a know fact among believers, the church is made up of worshipers, born again believers; but you would never know it by the words we use to define and describe it. The building we often refer to as " the church" is only a location in which the people of God fellowship. With all of the Bible studies we attend and with all the education many leaders receive, we yet treat the building with more reverence and respect than we do each other. The church is not a physical place, but we certainly do meet in a physical place. We congregate and we fellowship in a building, a designated meeting place.  We, the people of God, never cancel our services. We serve God in serving others and that service is not determined by the weather. Think about it, that's not a play on words. When the people of God, gather themselves together in corporate worship, we serve each other and rain, snow, sleet or hail has no bearing on our service to God We don't cancel, we simply adjust and adapt to changes. We worship God in sprite and in truth, we encourage each other, pray for each other. When the place that we meet in is not available or we can not get there, believers can worship together in their homes. Fathers, parents, mothers can assemble their families for prayer and worship. Church is not something you have, church is not something you attend, you are the body of Christ, you are the church. When church services are canceled, believers should not feel disappointed or


relieved for that matter. We do not respond to the ringing of a church bell that tells us when to worship and worship is never restricted to a particular day and time. When the church is thought of as activity, a function or place, it's possible to foreclose on it, burn it down and cancel it's services, it all depends on what you believe and understand the church to be.

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