The Melbourne Cup is one of the most popular horse races around the world.
In Melbourne over 100,000 people attend, a normal horse racing event battles to get anywhere near this. It is televised to over 700million people in 120 different countries.
Now not everyone who attends the Melbourne Cup race came because they are enthuastic about horse racing.
Some come for the other horse races, some come to show how pretty they are(there is a major competition for this), some to look at all the pretty and handsome people, some to enjoy the company of others, some to get a free lunch, some to work, some to be weird, some to have a good time and some just to be there.
However many of them wouldn't be there if the Melbourne Cup wasn't being raced, if it was just another horse race. Every thing else relies on that race.
At church we often have many things going on. And in most cases these things are important they encourage people to connect with the church and with each other. It is important though that we always remember why we are there. It is because of what Jesus has done and is doing for us as a result of his life, death and ressurection. In some ways everything we do should connect to Christ.