Monday, December 26, 2005

A deficiency of arm-twisting

After enjoying our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service that was very well-attended due to the good weather, there were approximately 35 people who turned out for our regular Sunday service on Christmas day. The Westminster Choir had prepared some special music, and were about a third of the congregation.

During the sermon, I thought it made more sense to leave the pulpit and stand closer to the small group who had come out. In a smaller group it is possible to enjoy a bit more intimacy.

I asked for a show of hands to find out how many people had experienced any arm-twisting to come to church that morning. Only one hand went up, and after the service that worshipper admitted to me that it was not really armtwisting but a bit of spousal nagging.

Small churches enjoy more flexibility than large ones. Behind the scenes the ushers figured out that they did not need the usual four ushers to collect the offering, and two did it quite adequately.

It was a joyful morning on which we remembered both the Incarnation and the Resurrection.

Blessed Christmastide to all!

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