For me, words and language are important. Which is why I don’t view anymore what I do on Sunday morning as “going to church”. To me, church is not a place, but a people. So instead of going to church (a place), we gather as the church (a people). Saturday night I’ll say to my son, “Tomorrow we are gathering as the church.” When we get ready to leave, I’ll say, “Time to gather as the church!” Or “Join the gathering.” Since trying to make this “lingo” change in our home it has helped me make this subtle, but important—for me—distinction.
But perhaps I’m just splitting hairs.
Perhaps they are hairs that need splitting.
But for me, “gathering as” instead of “going to” makes a big difference.