It wasn’t hard to find the auditorium because I simply followed a crowd of people going in the same direction. Once I got inside, I couldn’t help but notice the bustle of activity. It wasn’t quiet and ethereal like a funeral. Instead, the place was buzzing with conversation and laughter.
I chose a pew about halfway down the center aisle, and as soon as I sat down, singers filed into the choir loft located on the speaker’s platform. When they were all inside, the music director stepped to the pulpit and asked everyone to stand and sing with him.
The words to the songs were projected onto two large white screens. Because I wasn’t much of a singer, I just read the words and listened. After the music ended, the pastor gave a welcoming speech with a particular emphasis on any visitors in the congregation. Then he instructed everyone to greet one another.
At that point, I definitely wanted to leave the building. However, once the minister, Pastor Dawson, began delivering his sermon, I decided to stay.
When his message ended, Pastor Dawson invited those who had further questions to see him after the service or call him for an appointment. Because I was trying to sort through all the questions I had about his sermon, I was surprised to hear him make this offer. How would he ever have time to do anything but answer questions, if everyone had as many questions as I did about his message?
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