Sometimes I think we load the Sunday liturgy with too many expectations. We treat it as if it were the only place we go to encounter God.

This is a distorted view. The Sunday service alone cannot bear the burden of sustaining a Christian’s life in God. There must be more, of which the Sunday service is a part, a critical element to be sure, but still only a (privileged?) moment in a continuum. This is true for every member of the church, clergy and laity alike.