177,000 Adults Were Surveyed
The USA Today section of the Springfield paper this past weekend had an interesting survey. Over 177,000 adults were surveyed all over the United States concerning their attendance at religious services.
States with the LOWEST percentage of adults who say they attend religious services at least once a week:
** Vermont 17%
** New Hampshire 20%
** Maine 20%
** Massachusetts 22%
** Oregon & Washington 24%
States with the HIGHEST percentage of adults who say they attend religious services at least once a week
** Utah 51%
** Mississippi 47%
** Alabama & Louisiana 46%
** Arkansas 45%
Is it really that important that I attend church? Yes. Can’t I worship God when I am at home or at the lake? Yes, but we seldom do. Can’t I grow spiritually on my own and not be involved in a church? Maybe… but I have NEVER seen it happen.
The Bible says something important about gathering together for worship. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing…” When we gather for worship we: learn from God’s word, enjoy Christian fellowship, sing songs of praise, and most important: get our thoughts and attention on God. It’s a time to “recharge our batteries”, as we begin a new week.
I don’t know where Missouri fits on the attendance scale—but I hope the people at 180 church are close to 100%