The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Real offertory processions

'Present your bodies as a living sacrifice' (Romans 12:1)

When I was a parish pastor, I thought an offertory procession was when the ushers brought the plates full of envelopes and money forward. Now that my view is usually from the pew, I notice other offertory processions, not just of our representatives — whether ushers or money — but of each of us and all of us.

Consider the weekly procession of worshipers up the sidewalk and into the church in the first place. The fact that people get up and out and go to church at all, offering themselves and their attention to God for the first hours of the week's first day, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. And pastors should never take it for granted.

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