You’ve seen them every Sunday. These are the people with the smiles, a handshake, a friendly hello, and often even a hug. They are here to welcome people to, what we hope will be, the friendliest and warmest place they’ve visited all week.
The act of being greeted was our first experience with Trinity Church and why we eventually chose to become greeters ourselves. We saw greeting as our opportunity to serve and to be a part of the church and this, ultimately, led to our overseeing the greeter program. We view this service as an act of obedience to the call of Jesus Christ.
In talking with our greeters, we’ve discovered that, not only are people made welcome each Sunday, but new relationships are formed. Greeters tell us of the many blessings they have received as greeters. They treasure new friends they’ve made, the feeling that they are truly an integral part of the body of Christ, and knowing that they are performing an important service to the Lord.
To us, greeting is a part of our worship. Romans 12:1 says,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
By Donna Toppo