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Ushers

Standing at the door when people meet to worship is more than a job, it’s a calling. In Israel, generation after generation of Korahites stood at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting (and later the temple). From what we know in the Bible, these doorkeepers did not spend their time zoning out, far from the action. They helped prepare for the services by caring for the furnishings of the temple and preparing the oil and incense used in worship. They saw themselves as worship leaders, together with their cousins–other Levites–the priests, singers, and scribes.

Ushers and greeters serve God today by standing at their doors, directing visitors, helping take up the offering, lending a hand to pastors, and stepping in when urgent needs arise. (The first priority of a doorkeeper is, after all, the safety of those who are worshiping.) When they do this, they are not simply mirroring the skills of the well-trained staff at symphony hall or the downtown convention center. They are joining with centuries of people who have loved God and have valued the event that takes place when His people gather together in worship. -Chris Blumhoffer

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