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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

April 30, 2010


Gee, Bob, you really dress casual in your church.

That’s what someone said to me the other day. And since I am such an alert and well-spoken professional, I responded…. “Huh?”

In further conversation with my friend, I realized that he had seen the pictures of the Good Friday Cross-Walk. Over 150 walked at noon on Good Friday from Coffman High School to our Gladden Chapel. There were photos of the people in the local newspaper walking. There a large photo of me wearing a sport shirt giving a benediction, Pastor Janice from the Presbyterian Church and Pastor Lisa at the pulpit reading. All of us, including the many participants look like we are dressed for a mile and half walk in early spring rather than a Sunday worship.

And come to think of it, it was early spring and we were out for a mile and a half walk, not a Sunday worship. I dress pretty well on most Sundays, I even wear socks for 40 weeks out of the year.

When I explained all this to my friend, he thought it sounded fine to him. It’s just that I find it interesting as to how people perceive certain church activities.

Here’s another example; file this under “Church Traditions Which are Unexplained Until Now.”

When we have Confirmation Sunday, we carry into the sanctuary the Confirmation Banners. It’s a tradition. Then we take the banners and hang them along the balcony. It’s a tradition. But, someone asked a pretty good question about this tradition… “The congregation can’t see the banners since they hang behind them, why take the time to hang them during the service?”

Frankly I have no good answer for this very good question other than, “It’s a tradition.”

Granted, it’s only been a tradition for about 20 years, and that’s not long for most of us;  but for our Confirmands…that is a lifetime.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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