Dr. Michael Sanders is a long time, real life friend and colleague who graciously gave me permission to share this with you —
It was a church long ago and far away. During my time there, I received a series of requests from the good members on how to improve the church service. Some of the mild and polite ones are listed below:
Shorten the sermons because we’ve heard it all before.
Expand the number of fellowship meals and class parties
because that’s what church is really about.
Take the children out of the service
because they distract from the holiness of the service.
Bring the children back into the service
so they can learn how to behave in church.
More Bach on the organ.
Less Bach and more contemporary music.
Why do we sing so much?
We need to sing all the verses of all the hymns.
And, of course, turn the thermostat up,
turn it down, turn it up, turn it down!
I wonder, what kind of church would it be if we all got our way?
Prayer: Lord, lest we forget, it is Your church.