I grew up with the show “Cheers” airing. Sam, Woody, Carla, Norm, Cliff and Norm. A random group of people who became friends. They came together at the corner bar and over time became close friends. In any other circumstances they may not even have met let alone get to know each other. Their theme song sums it all up:
“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
A place to go and everyone knows you. They smile when they see you. (“NORM!!”) Troubles are shared with one another. Joys celebrated together. Through the differences people see we are all the same. You wanna go, take a break from all your worries, and hang out with friends.
Here’s a question, doesn’t that sound like the Church? A break from our worries. People know us. Troubles are shared. Joys celebrated together. We are hanging out with friends. Some friends we may never have gotten to know if we didn’t meet at church. It would be so cool to see that song in church or playing for a church’s promo video. That would be sweet!
Community developed by spending time together, sharing experiences, challenging one another to grow. Church isn’t just what we do on Sunday mornings. It is who we are and who we love and serve with in the world. Our names are known. People are glad we came.
May we be the Church that truly lives out the words of this theme song each day in all that we do and say.
Dare: Maybe suggest to your worship director about possibly singing the “Cheers” theme song one week during the service.