Maybe each Sunday is its own unique event that can’t depend on prior experience or future commitment to make sense and create an impact for participants. This week’s worship service, this week’s youth group gathering, may be the only one some people attend for a month, for a season. We’d better make it count.
Making it count is not about pyrotechnics and deep meaningful connections. It’s more about coherence. Series make less sense in this context. To begin each presentation with, “Remember last week . . . ” is tying one hand behind your back. You wouldn’t launch a weekend retreat that way, would you?
Retreats have always been powerful experiences, because the community gathered for it is unique and because the participants made an appreciable choice to forego other weekend options to be there.
Every Sunday is a retreat now.