Who did you see in church today?
A preacher (like me) has a unique perspective on Sunday morning. While you are sitting watching and listening to me, just one person, I am looking at you, a whole congregation. You may notice a few of the people and your friends around you, but I get to see all of God’s people gathered together to hear His word and receive His gifts of grace.
Do you know who I saw this morning?
I saw three squirmy, restless, babies. (I heard them, too!). I baptized all three and love to hear their voices and watch their expressions during a worship service.
I saw fourteen widows and three widowers. They were sitting in the very sanctuary where I had conducted funerals and memorials for their spouses. They are so faithful, and so looking forward to joining the ones they love.
I saw nine new member families. Did you see them? Did you speak to them today? I hope so. They are such a blessing and bring so much to our ministry.
I saw over ten couples who have been married more than fifth years. I saw a dozen who had been married less than ten. And one couple looking forward to their wedding this fall.
I saw survivors. Survivors of cancer, natural disasters, family crises and violence.
I saw new people. People worshiping with us for the very first time. People I’ve never met before. I hope someone welcomed them.
As a pastor, I know what is going on in the lives of the individuals and families in our congregation. As I absolve, preach, commune and bless them, I know what’s going on in their world. That knowledge both breaks and lifts my heart, as I share their joys and sorrows.
Oh, and I saw my fan club, too. I hate to be the one people like. I want them to be fans of Jesus. But at the same time, I am thankful for the many who pray for me, encourage me, check up on me, and simply love me.
That’s what I saw today. What did you see in church today?