Church | Fellowship | Friendship | Hospitality

In case you’re preaching on the familiar “A Time To . . .” theme of Ecclesiastes 3, you might tie in the story of the priest who saw Robert Schuller’s TV program Hour of Power. And one of the things that impressed him most was the practice of everyone turning around and shaking hands with, and greeting, the other worshippers seated nearby. The priest felt that their church was a bit stuffy and could use a bit of friendliness. So, one Sunday he announced that the following Sunday they were going to initiate this custom. At the close of this same service a man turned around to the lady behind and said “Good morning,” and she looked at him with shock at his boldness and said, “I beg your pardon! That friendliness business doesn’t start until next Sunday.”

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