b'In the months ahead, you will begin to[ Allow Jesus to be Lord, not your phone, television, work,receive emails and publications fromSt. Martins that tell you not only aboutor hobbies. Allow Jesus to be Lord, not your friendships, the ways in which we will more widelytemptations, wallet, favorite sports team, or pastimes open, but also about the broad andnot even your child, spouse or friend. Let Jesus be Lordexpansive ways you can step more fullyand all the rest will fall into placeI promise you that.into the life of your Church. You will quickly see that the Clergy and staff of St. Martins have worked very hard inc. People with religious faith have less2. Active participation in the lifeputting plans into place for 2021 andmental illness. of a Church is a key characteristic2022. There will be opportunities to prayd. People who attend church once aof being a Christ follower. more, think more and serve moretoweek or more are less likely to be grow in the life of discipleship.As noted in the preface, when Luke hospitalized. described the early Christians, he painted Why Come to Church? Let us considere. In addition, a 2005 study founda picture of individual Christ followers three reasons. The first may surprise you!that members of prayer groups have coming together. Friends, you cannot 1. Active participation in the life lower heart attack risk. 1be a Christ-follower in a silo. Yes, you of a Church improves your health.can (and should) pray on your own; andAn article from the May 2016 you can (and should) read the Bible on edition of the Journal of Americanyour own, but the Church, is a family. Medicine Association reports on aScripture attests being in the Churchcomprehensive study carried out is being with the Church not every over a 20-year period by Harvard now and then, but on a regular, University scientists. Here are just consistent basis. a few of the findings: A quick read of any reflections or a. Women who went to religiousbiography of the life of C.S. Lewis services twice a week were one-thirdwill reveal that in his early days as more likely to live longer than thosea Christian, he was tempted to do who did not. church, apart from participating in b. Religiously active people have lowerthe life of the Church. He very much blood pressure, and report lessliked to retreat to his private study to anxiety, stress and worry.read theology and reflect on the faith. Yet that insular nature became a self -06'