Once, on Sundays, around this land
Bells rang from steeples small and grand
They called to people all around –
To church and to God’s holy ground.
They called to worshiping the Lord
To praying, preaching of the Word.
They called to child and old alike,
To chase the goal of Jesus Christ.
Now, whistles blow from far away
Call child and parent to obey.
Coach and trainer turned to preachers
Asked to trade the pews for bleachers.
But days will come – and come they must
When coaches leave and trophies rust,
When children grow and need their God.
Please, don’t trade holy ground for sod.
(Heidi Viars, 2013)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another,
and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:23-25 ~ ESV