a note from Tom Ranier about Easter that was a good one...
It will be one of the highest attended days of the year for your church. It may be the highest.
"There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.
You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
* Pray as you enter the property.
* Pray for the guests.
* Pray for the services.
* Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
* Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
* Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
* Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
* Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center.
* Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
* Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
* Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
* Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The parking team, kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
* Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.
These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.