A church without God?

Well, there are probably plenty of those out there, but this “church” in Nashville doesn’t even pretend to worship God.

Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, looks very much like a church.

And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too.

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God.

Started in London in January 2013 by a pair of British stand-up comedians, Sunday Assembly offers a church experience but without the “God part” and, according to organisers, it is starting to catch on in America.

Separation from God leaves an empty place inside every person, which we have tried to fill with all manner of things; a church without God will be no more satisfying than anything else. These folks are looking for something, but do not realize they are leaving out Him for whom they seek.