Touché December 16, 2016
Posted on December 16, 2016 by under Touché,

 

Christmas Coffee

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Psalm 122:1)

Nelson Nieves and Ann Bell have been working all week getting the sanctuary cleaned for Christmas.  They found a long lost diamond earring and Nelson thinks he may have also found Jimmy Hoffa.  They polished the pews and eventually will get to cleaning all the lights.  It is a major effort to make sure we put our best foot forward on Christmas Eve when we will welcome many who do not usually sit in those pews.

With a sparkling sanctuary, it is worth a talk about keeping it clean.  The elders actually discussed whether we allow food and drink in the sanctuary, and we said we did not want to encourage it, but we also did not want to make a statement or create signs that forbid it.  Our major vision and goal is for people to feel welcome and comfortable in their place of worship, whether they are there for the first time or the thousandth time.

There are two schools of thought in regards to our worship space.  One is that it should feel like the family room where all are welcome and feel comfortable coming in and being together.  The other is the formal room where you take your shoes off for you are on holy ground.  I remember our church in Denver had the words “silence” on a sign as you walked in.  As a teenager that always made it feel like a place I did not want to go into, but I understand and respect those who see that sacred place as a holy place that is different than any other.

Our world has changed.  I remember a scene many years ago when someone asked Randy, our youth pastor, to make sure that kids took off their hats in the sanctuary.  Randy said: “I am just glad that they are here and will not make them feel like they are not welcome here as they are.”  Today people carry water bottles and custom coffee cups everywhere.  Water with a cap or top on is welcome beside you.  If you want to bring a cup of coffee with you, we encourage you to bring a covered cup that can be sealed up and will not spill.  n fact,  it would cut down on waste if you brought your own cup to coffee hour.  It keeps a cup out of the trash.  Food is always a problem in the sanctuary, as  it leads to another deep clean being necessary to keep the church mice away.

Our main purpose is to make sure that everyone is glad when we say let us go to the house of the Lord.  For some that is a holy moment of silence in the sanctuary, for others it is feeling very comfortable in “my Father’s house.”  In any case, we are thankful for a clean and beautiful place where all are welcome to worship the living God.

In Christ,

Taylor