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THEATER CHURCHES: Attending most church meetings is like going to the theater. You sit in a sanctuary (the auditorium) and receive a bulletin (a program) of the cast of characters, and an outline of the acts and scenes to be performed.

THEATER CHURCH

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Attending most church meetings is like going to the theater. You sit in a sanctuary (the auditorium) and receive a bulletin (a program) of the cast of characters, and an outline of the acts and scenes to be performed. On the platform (the stage) are ministers (the actors) and religious props, spotlights, a sound system, and in some cases ornate costumes. The congregation (the audience) is passed an offering plate to pay for the show, and season tickets can be purchased (the tithe).  Before the service begins (the performance) there are usually announcements, a warm-up act of singers or musicians; and after the benediction (The End - of the show) the actors mingle with the audience to solicit compliments.

Shakespeare wrote, “All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.” And so it is in a worldly sanctuary, from the star in the pulpit to the supporting actors called assistant pastors, deacons, board members, and the choir, to the character actors who spice things up a bit.  And of course, there are the important extras (the pew potatoes) who fill the seats with wide-eyed or mindless expressions, and those who nod off during the sermon and are startled awake and jerk when they hear the preacher challenge, “And where will you be on judgment day?”

And so, until we meet again…Wake up! God loves you.  Read your Bible

 

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen