At the north door recently I met a couple from Santa Monica who hadn’t been at All Saints since Christmas. They had just taken advantage of their home state of Minnesota’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage and knew we’d share their joy. In the midst of meeting them a former colleague of mine from Five Acres greeted me saying she’d moved back to the area and was living in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, it had taken her more than two hours by the metro line to join us.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. I introduced her to the couple, she gave them her card, and hopefully, they’ll carpool and we’ll see them again soon.
Ushering is more than smiling and passing out liturgies. It’s taking advantage of brief exchanges to engage people. To let them know we’re truly glad they’re here. And to help them connect. It’s been more than 20 years, and I still get energized when it’s my Sunday to usher. Let me know if you’d like to join me.