This past Monday was Labor Day, an American holiday designed to honor the American labor movement and the power of collective actions by labors who are essential for the workings of society. However, over the years it has become known as the unofficial end of Summer. For a plethora of reasons, many people take the summer off from their usual activities, including regular church attendance, to get outdoors, travel and do those things not available to them during colder months or the school year.

The National Back-To-Church Sunday (usually the second or third Sunday of September) is designed to provide a Sunday once a year to encourage and help folks bridge the gap of summer activities and getting back into a regular routine of church attendance. It is also designed as encouragement to get church members to invite friends, family and coworkers to attend church with them. This Sunday is Back-To-Church Sunday at Covenant.

A recent survey showed that 82% of the unchurched would be interested in coming to church, if invited by a friend. And yet only 2% of church members invited someone to worship with them at their church in this past year. Why not help to up that percentage and invite a friend to worship with you this Back-To-Church Sunday at Covenant? Also invite them to stay for our unofficial Autumn church cookout that will immediately following worship.

The assigned text for this Sunday includes this awesome verse from perhaps my favorite Psalm 139. Verse 14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” I will use this great verse to preach a message of hope and affirmation called “I Am ‘Awesomely’ and Wonderfully Made” based on Psalms 139:1-6, 13-18