I have been going to church for 46 years. Almost 47, if you count the nine months in my mom’s belly. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I understand that today’s blog is highly subjective, but I felt I needed to express it. Whether my desire to change comes true or not, is irrelevant. I’m in love with the church, even when it is less than perfect. But, could you please stop these five expressions from ever happening again? (BTW, no deacons were harmed during the writing of this blog)
1. “Good morning”.
It goes something like this: “Good morning everyone. (“good morning” says the congregation) “I can’t hear you, GOOD MORINING (louder and firmer)” The congregation increases the volume. This is usually enough to placate the person with the microphone, except when it doesn’t, where the “good mornings” are followed by “didn’t you eat breakfast this morning?” or the always nice “hasn’t God been good to you”. Here is a tip: Just say good morning, smile, say your part and sit back down. We love God. That is not measured by our volume.
2. “Now, as we begin…”
This usually happens after the initial song service, which begs the question: What were you doing for the past 15 minutes? The truth is, many times song service happens with no rhyme or reason, is a filler or something we do while people get there. I don’t believe that practice honors God or inspires people. By the way, song leader, if you’re going to ask for member’s favorite songs, make sure you know more than 10 hymns!
3. “Wherever two or three are gathered”.
This usually happens when few are in attendance (think Sabbath School, Prayer Meeting or the beginning of AY). What this communicates is pity, rather than power. It’s a disastrous message to send to guests. Think about it. Who would like to join a group of people that feel so bad about themselves? God is present where there are 2 or 3, but the most common application this text is given is not really what the Bible writer intended to convey. We are not victims, and the “poor little ol’ me” has no place in the house of the living God.
4. “We will sing this song twice”.
Why? That’s all. Why?
5. “Pray for me, I’ve lost my voice”
Let’s work together to make the worship service a memorable experience for everyone. Any prayer requests please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.