If this were your first visit to this church, or any church for that matter, what questions would you ask? Beth Kucera, College Church regular attender, had a lot of questions about her first visit to College Church. Any sound familiar to you?
Which Sunday would be the first? Decision made.
What to wear? Sport coat and pants had been selected and sweater and skirt were laid out on the chair.
What time to leave the house?
How long would the drive take?
Do they have a parking lot or street parking?
Should they hang up their coats or take them to the pew?
Will there be a bulletin or will the order of service be on a screen?
Will they be able to see the screen?
Should they sit closer to the front or in the back in case of the need for an easy get-away?Would they know any of the hymns?
Would anyone notice them and shake their hands?
Would they have to sign a visitor registry or wear a stickie “Hi I am New” tag??
What would the sermon be like? One of those “Ten Minutes Barely Settled in and It’s Over” types or 20 minutes of “Followed It A Few Minutes But Then It Lost Me” ones?
Do sermons every really teach anything about the Gospel anymore anyway? Will the sermon pat them on the head “There, There, You Are Doing Just Fine”?
Has the Gospel really become like swiss cheese?
Below the surface of the questions, came the quiet promises from the Word:
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34, NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6, NIV)
A few minutes passed. They sat still and it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Praising and singing and praying. Forty minutes of sermon passed like five minutes. Truth heard. No Swiss cheese gospel here—but a service that was full on aged Cheddar and rich double Gloucester.
After the benediction and postlude, they sat stock still. If they did not get up and walk out now, the next service would start. Would that be such a bad thing?
They wordlessly made their way to the visitor’s table where cheery folks asked, “Can we answer any questions for you?”
No more questions came to mind.