When Jesus spoke of His Church, He spoke of a people and not a building (Matt. 16:18). We are not called to come to church but to be the Church.
In John 17, we get insight into how Jesus prayed for the universal Church and how that applies to each expression of a local church. Our hearts should be comforted by the fact that – of all people – Jesus Christ has prayed for us as a church. The better we understand how Jesus prayed for us, the more we will comprehend how we are to live for Him.