A note from Leroy Garrett:
Recently in our part of Texas the weather was frightful. Ouida and I watched the bylines on TV early Sunday a.m. announcing “church closings” in the Dallas area. Church after church — “No services,” and many of them were Churches of Christ. I thought this odd. As I’ve always seen it a church never closes its doors. A few will be there, even if they have to walk or crawl or slide. The saints — especially Campbellite saints — always keep house for the Lord on Lord’s day, no exceptions. Our congregation, which has two assemblies, put out the word that there would be but one. We had a goodly number.
A story out of our history shows that interesting things can happen in bad weather. Only a few were present at Edward Scribner Ames’ University Christian Church in Chicago on one such Lord’s day back in the 1890s. The ones who brought and prepared Communion were not there. Ames served the Table nonetheless, advising the few people present to do as usual, even if no elements. So they broke bread from empty plates and drank from empty glasses. Ames explained that it is what is in the heart that matters. That is a great bad weather story. Better than closing.