There are posts around the blogosphere today about whether or not churches should be closed on this federal holiday.
Personally, this is something I really haven’t thought about before. I’m currently a theology student and not yet a full-time staff member of a church. I can see the need for the church to be closed–pastors and staff members need self-care and time spent with family. Plus, almost everyone else has the day off! On the other hand, ministry doesn’t stop on federal holidays. This is especially true with regard to pastoral care and hospital/homebound visits. But because MLK, Jr. Day is a federal holiday and observed on a Monday, which is usually a down day/Sabbath for most churches, I would think that a lot of churches would be closed anyway. I have no scientific data to back that up, though.
On the other hand, as someone who volunteered for AmeriCorps for 2 years and actively coordinated community service projects and recruited volunteers for the MLK Day of Service, I would love to see our churches unite in service on this federal holiday. I can think of no greater way to honor Dr. King than coming together to give back to the community and serve those in need.
Just my two cents. What are your thoughts?
For further reading, check out these 2 posts from blogs I read (and thanks to the following bloggers for inspiring this post!):
Your Church Should Be Off On Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Big Is The New Small.