Years ago, I traveled with two people from my church to Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago to attend a small-group conference. We intentionally arrived a day early so we could attend their mid-week Believers Bible Service. We seriously underestimated the Chicago traffic. As we were driving to Willow Creek, we realized we would not have time to stop at the hotel and change clothes. We had been traveling all day, and we were all dressed in jeans. I was mortified at the thought of attending a worship service in jeans, especially at a church I had never attended. As we drove, we debated: Should we skip it? Should we stop and change and arrive late? Or should we just go in jeans?
After thoroughly considering all the options, we finally decided to go in jeans. It sounds quaint now that we would even think twice or consider skipping worship because we were dressed in jeans. I’ve come to realize that what I wear to worship God is not important to God. It took me many years to give up my—and many others’—tradition of dressing up to go to church.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church . . . Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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—Acts 2:43 (NRSV)
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