Pastors question sports on Sundays
It is a weekly ordeal at the Rev. Donald Mossa's church in Hanover.
The moment the youth choir sings its last note, a swarm of parents descends to rush their kids to soccer games. Or they call to say they're skipping Sunday services because of a tournament.
"The anxiety of 'Do I go to church or do I take my kid to the soccer game?' is a weekly ordeal," said Mossa, a pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Whippany. "It's letting the team down versus letting God down."
Mossa is part of a group of pastors from eight Hanover churches that is asking township officials to ban sports games on Sunday mornings.
The group, called the Hanover Township Interreligious Council, approached the township committee last month for help in "restoring sacredness to the Sabbath." The holy day, the group contends, is crucial during a time when divorce rates and substance abuse appear to be on the rise.
The group represents all the churches in town and spans five denominations, serving more than 5,000 parishioners. This week, the pastors also planned to e-mail 63 churches in Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon and Warren counties to ask for their support.
Sounds like blue laws for the new millennium. What an absolute joke they want to get the Gov't involved in hopes of increasing their attendance.