Ever noticed someone texting during worship? I heard about it when someone complained about a member typing on a smart phone during my sermon. While I appreciated the concern for respect in worship, neither of us knew the tweet was about our awesome service and an invitation to friends to come next week.
How do we deal with this change in etiquette? Follow the example of Martin Luther. First, worship in the language of the people — that now includes text messaging. Set guidelines so people know your preferences.
Second, let technology be the servant of the gospel, not the focus. Offer the invitation to start faith conversations using social media during worship. Post a question to the church Facebook page and invite the pastor and community to share.
Third, be patient. As a community we need to be understanding of those around us who differ. Listening, loving and learning from each other can create authentic worship and, in the end, allows us to speak the gospel to everyone, even with a tweet.
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