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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Things That Shouldn't Need to Be Said in Church (Part 2)

By Ken Horn
Jan. 9, 2011

Part 1 (Dec. 26) covered “C’mon, you can do better than that” and “If you have your Bibles … .”

Here are two more things that shouldn’t need to be said in church.

“Greet someone.” Although it’s good to have a separate time for greeting people in a service, this shouldn’t need to be said to make it happen — especially with visitors or people you don’t know. A frequent problem with “friendly” churches is that they are often friendly just with their own friends and don’t go out of their way to welcome newcomers or greet people they don’t know.

I know most churches have official greeters. That’s not enough. I believe all regular attendees are official greeters responsible to be friendly with everyone who walks through the door. I encourage you to make a special effort to greet people you don’t know in times other than the official meet-and-greet. This can be the determining factor in whether a visitor comes back. It may even determine whether or not someone accepts Christ.

“I’m sorry; I couldn’t hear you.” Opportunities for personal prayer are imperative. Traditionally, our churches have had extended prayer around the altars or the front of the church at the end of services. In recent years, a regular time of prayer at the front preceding the sermon has been added.

Ministering after preaching, I have sometimes had to ask people I was praying with to repeat their request. The music was so loud it was difficult to understand them.

A time of prayer is not about music. It’s about prayer. Music should enhance prayer, not eclipse it. It is crucial for those who are praying at the front to be able to clearly hear the prayer requests.

No church is perfect, but we all have an opportunity to make it better. God will be pleased.

Ken Horn

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