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Topic: The Church (12/06/07)
TITLE: What Matters Most
By Laurie Glass
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A visitor alone.
I watch them talk and fellowship.
No welcoming is shown.
I take a seat, it’s time to start,
And yet they don’t begin.
I sit here waiting patiently,
With empty seats, the music starts.
Folks slowly gather up.
By second song they settle down.
Beginning’s kind of rough.
I look to screen to see the words
Of songs I do not know.
It seems things got disorganized,
As mixed up words they show.
The pastor takes the mic and says
It’s time for shaking hands.
I watch them interact again
As all alone I stand.
It’s time for the announcements next,
And also time to share.
But then unsure whose turn it is
To say the morning prayer.
More music – still disorganized.
And no one seems enthused.
Don’t even see them smiling
Although God’s name they use.
Look forward to the sermon, though.
A message for the week.
And yet there’s nothing to take home -
Don’t get the meat I seek.
The pastor says to greet someone
They’ve never met before.
I stand and watch them chat again,
And then slip out the door.
They seem to be a close knit group.
It’s nice they get along.
And yet it’s like they want to keep
Within their mini-throng.
Although it was so lonely there,
I’ll try it out again.
I’ve visited at others, too,
And this is how it’s been.
Come home to worship in my house,
To focus on the Lord.
I then bask in His presence sweet.
My heart just longs for more.
He comforts me and fills my heart.
My loneliness gives way.
I open up my heart to Him,
Hear what He has to say.
I listen and He speaks through me
Through writing and online.
His Holy Spirit’s voice comes through.
It happens all the time.
I find that I want more of Him
And give him more of me.
We work together to reach out,
In this, our ministry.
It’s such a privilege to serve
And speak of the Divine.
To share His love, His peace and grace
In heart and life of mine.
Regardless of the churches here,
I’m certain of one thing -
My God is close and uses me,
And this means ev’rything.
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