On The Back Pew

The Journey

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“Finally, [the spirit] took me to the inside court of the Temple of God.” – Ezekiel 8:16

Have you noticed that most people, when they come to worship, don’t sit up front? The back of the church tends to fill up first almost as predictably as the bottom of a glass will be the first to be filled with water. You have to get there early to get a good back seat. Why is that? If we are attending a concert or a lecture, we would charge down front where the “good seats” are, even pay extra for those seats. But why not when we come to worship?

I have heard a number of theories. People want to be able to see who else is there, which is easier to do from the back. And it is easier to slip out quickly during the last hymn if…

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2 Responses

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head. I love the backseaters. They were there and are included in the kingdom. I remember seeing in the movie “A Man Called Peter” people standing on the outside of Virginia Ave Presbyterian Church, in the rain, to hear Peter Marshall preach. Now days people stay home when it rains. Sure makes you wonder.

  2. when you have left your imprint on the very best “back of the church” pew, someone else comes along and gets there first. Such is life! Steve you are certainly gifted in your use of our words. Please keep up the beautiful job. Betty Bell

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