However in this instance, the staff initiated this discussion. They said 30 minutes is not enough for them, as well as many others in our congregation. They also said that the series on Esther has been particularly interesting, and that the last three weeks of going 40+ minutes was better, so I should extend the message for that reason too. So I have agreed to give it a try.
3. Lately I’ve been rushing through the offering talk. Big mistake. It communicates to everyone that this is something we have to do, but don’t like to do, so let’s get it over as quickly as possible. Not good. Instead, we are going to slow down right there and focus our attention on that component of the service. My offering talks will be more fully developed, and I’ll take all the time I need to say what needs to be said.
Never forget, what we put in the offering is just as much an act of worship and an expression of devotion as the songs we sing, or the lifting of our hands, or the Scriptures we study in the service. That’s why it should be emphasized, not hurried through.
4. We have added even more chairs to the sanctuary this week. Arrive early to get a good seat. If you are a regular attender at PCC, please move as far forward as possible. This will be a big help to us.
See you Sunday!