The Empty Pews Sing Softly

The empty pews sing softly, echoing back melodic tones

Wafted by faithful worshipers scattered in erratic zones

Through a hall reserved for moments of joy and grief,

Exultation and lament, fervor and hopeful belief

In Messiah Jesus, Son of God, Messenger of the Most High,

Sent by you, O God, to expose Satan’s greatest lie,

A bald-faced assertion that we need never repent,

An insistence that we never request, that we need not

Your forgiveness, a denial of need for redemption bought

By your Son’s blood, a ghastly, obscene sacrifice

Decried as amateur stagecraft, a vain artifice

Meant to deceive, so we are told by the great Deceiver,

Who argues skillfully against one becoming a believer.

We still sing, and we still pray, so his wily lies to drown

With songs and calls for fire that you his quest will down.

The empty pews sing sadly of Christian faith surrendered,

Of Time denied to the Creator, but to Satan tendered,

Homage given and worship rendered as though just play,

Worship wrongly directed, your Word’s study in disarray.

The empty pews sing sadly, hear O Lord, this prayer;

The empty pews sing sadly, ignite again faith’s fire.


About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. He currently preaches for a Church of Christ in Leavenworth, Kansas. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael likes to run, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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2 Responses to The Empty Pews Sing Softly

  1. jbevans says:

    Michael, a fine, but sobering piece. So true. Thanks for the thoughts. I’ll be linking to you from

  2. Empty pews do sing softly, indeed. Beautiful and poignant poem, Michael. The empty pews cause the hearts of others to ache and pray for those who are distracted from their need of God’s grace.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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