>No, I know I’m not the only one who hates the typical (in certain “brands”) Sunday morning thing when the guy up front says, “Let’s stand together and greet one another” or, even worse, “Let’s stand together and hug one another.” Gaggeth.
Don’t misunderstand…it is important for a local body of believers to mingle, greet, and, yeah, hug…but it needs to be a natural outflow of genuine love, concern, and care…not orchestrated and/or demanded.
Today I visited Tenth Presbyterian in Philly (a personal goal, see preceeding post)…due to yesterday’s horrific snow there were few in attendance at the 9.00 am service…but at least 6 or 7 individuals went out of their way to welcome me…two were fairly sure I was a visitor (the fact that I had on a sweatshirt and jeans and most of them (but not all) were in suits may have been a hint!)…all before the service, in the foyer and in the (incredible) sanctuary.
Methinks that’s the way it should be (granted, some churches have designated “greeters,” and I don’t think that’s necessarily bad…but it would be better (and, alas, rare) if individual parts of the Body would naturally do what should come (super)naturally.
That’s my take…what’s yours???