There are times when we in the church have a difficult time relating to people for whom
the church has not been an important part (or any part) of their life. At times it is our
attitude that turns another person off to Christ and the church. The sad thing is that we are
not always aware of it.
A gentleman was on his way to church one Sunday morning when he stopped off at the
convenience store. As he was leaving a young man dressed in a T-shirt and shorts entered
the store. The gentleman took one look at him and made an audible sigh loud enough for
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?