There are many blues and country-western songs that reference the dichotomy between what you do on those wild weekend nights and what you do on Sunday morning. Lyle Lovett sings “You went to church on Sunday” to which the backup chorus hums in agreement, then sings, “ You got drunk the night before,” and the chorus moans in agreement. You can imagine the chorus shaking their heads. Now, I’m not so worried about folks going beyond the pale on Friday and Saturday nights. I am sure that it happens now and then and it is important to address in your life if you are partying too much. But for me, the bigger question is how does Sunday stick around into Monday and beyond?

Some see coming to church on Sunday as a bit of refuge, that quiet space in the midst of the sound and noise of the rest of the world. Others see church attendance as a shot in the arm (as one of my seminary professors used to say), something which protects you and revs you up before a week back in the worldly ways. In both of those ways of thinking, Sunday is preparation for the week.

Here’s my question, what sticks with you from Sunday into your regular week? Whether you go to work, to school, to volunteer activities, to (insert what you do here), there is probably something different about that Sunday time and the rest of the week time. There is probably something different about the way you think, make use of your time, even breathe. So, what sticks with you?

We’ve had five weeks where the Gospel reading on Sundays has been from the Gospel according to John, chapter 6. This is known by scholars as the Bread of Life discourse. It is one of the “I AM” statements in John, where Jesus is revealing part of his divine nature. These statements are also tied into the basics of what we humans need. We need food (bread) to survive, and Jesus is the Bread of Life (6:35). We need light in order to thrive, and Jesus is the light of the world (8:12). We need to be cared for, led, and protected, and Jesus is both the Good Shepherd (10:11) and the gate of the sheep (10:7).

Does the bread of life that we share here at Christ Church, both in communion and in the words that we share in reading from Scripture and preaching, does that stick with you into the rest of your week? If so, how does it stick with you? And how do you live that out in your weekday life? And if it doesn’t stick with you, how can we together make a change so that it does?