If you attend the Church where I preach, I want to warn you about something. This Sunday you are going to hear some of the same things you heard last Sunday. Some of the same words will be used that were repeated a year ago, and possibly the year before too.
The printed program this week will have a couple of pages of the same information it had a week ago. Looking back at the programs and I see that some words and sections have not changed in the last four years.
For the people who attend Church, there is this tendency to get frustrated with hearing the same things over and over. I have to remind the people who take the microphone to say certain words and phrases each and every week. They often balk at my instructions and try to skip those parts they feel are too familiar.
I mean, why does the Church repeat itself over and over? I have been here before, and I get it. Let’s move on to something else.
There is one primary reason we say the same things over and over at Church. It is because this week, there may be one new person who has not heard. This week quite possibly there will be a family in Church for the very first time. They will not know who is on the stage speaking, so we introduce ourselves. These people may not know that our congregation takes the needs of its people serious and offers prayers on their behalf. They will have no idea why we take communion and how. The offering will come across as the Church just trying to take their money. They will have no understanding of what we do each Sunday, and so I explain it to them.
Yes, I know you have heard it all before. I am okay with that. I am concerned about the person who is checking out our Church and possibly faith for the very first time. I want them to know what we are doing and why we are doing it. I do not want anything to stand in their way of hearing the will of God for their life.
This Sunday there will be guests stopping by our worship program, and we have a few things we want to tell them, so they grasp everything clearly. For that reason, we repeat ourselves.
You might not appreciate this until you bring someone to Church with you. Bring a friend this Sunday who is not a believer, and suddenly you will be glad to hear those same things said again.