Oversized expectations

A small congregation gets megachurched

They were visitors in our worship service and, like all visitors in a small church, they were not hard to spot. I could see from the looks on their faces that whatever they were looking for in a church, we didn’t have it. When we all stood to sing the hymns, they just looked straight ahead, never making an effort to sing and not even picking up a hymnbook.

I greeted them in the hallway after the service and said something like, “I couldn’t help noticing that you seemed uncomfortable in our service. Is there something I could help you with?”

They looked at one another and then one of them blurted out, “Well, we noticed you use hymnbooks. We’ve never been in a church that still uses hymnbooks. We’ve always had the words on overhead screens.”


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