Many people are ready to disparage the hypocrisy and fallenness of the church. No doubt the church has had it's problems over the years. But what other institution can claim thousands of years of existence (besides the family, of course)? The church - through the power of the Holy Spirit - has not only existed but spread God's message of love and salvation to the very ends of the earth.
At our going away party from our church in ND, my daughters were suspiciously absent for almost the entire event. I found out later that they were behind the altar, signing their names in every single welcome pad "so our friends here will never forgot us." We'll surely never forget them. We thank God every day for his many gifts, not least of these, his people.