From The Pastor,
From the Pastor
The women’s Bible study this month was about hospitality. Making people feel welcome is not only a biblical “thing” it is a church “thing.” I think that every congregation sees itself as being welcoming, but not all of them are. Augustana has a long history of being a welcoming place and that practice continues through the present.
Noise during worship is not always as welcomed as strangers who might be potential members. I have said that things had been getting very quiet during worship because we were missing something. When our little ones were finding their voices and had yet to find their “inside” or “church” voices, it was music to my ears. The church was not dead and new, noisy life was present again. Holy noise. Those little kids are growing and the noise level is decreasing. What’s probably more important is they are participating in worship. Standing and listening to the Gospel. Praying the Lord's Prayer with the rest of the congregation. Singing hymns they know. (Even 2-year-olds were singing “Jesus Loves Me” a few weeks ago!) The church is not only for adults!! The church is all of us… worshiping in the best way we can. “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven/God belongs.” (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, and Luke 18:16.)