Now Hiring Doorkeepers and Temple Guards! Ushering for the Church
Eric Hiller – Head Usher
Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Indeed, it is a great thing to be in the temple guard of the King of the Universe. The temple guard is where ushering in the church of God originates in the Old Testament. In the New Testament era, this tradition continued unabated. In fact, one of the most important duties of the ushers in the early church was to remove anyone from the room who was not a baptized and confirmed member and direct them to a separate room where they would receive further catechesis (i.e. teaching in the Christ’s doctrine). Today the ushering duties are somewhat different, but the position is still primarily dedicated to bringing order to the Divine Service, as Saint Paul commands, and protection for the Church.
Ushering is a very easy way to (1) enter service to the Lord’s house or (2) add to your existing responsorial service to God, without taking on a lot of extra duties.
If you are an Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Lutheran, please considering joining the usher core. WE ALWAYS NEED MORE USHERS! Why?
First Lutheran Church is a church of transient members – students and professionals move into Boston for a couple years and then move to better things.
Our member travel a lot – it is not uncommon for ushers who are students to be gone for 3-4 months in the summer and for professionals to have assignments out of town for several months, family emergencies, etc.
Many hands make light work – we try to strive for only having folks usher every 6-8 weeks, but that is difficult when you don’t have a lot of people.
It’s easy to do. We have a training document and veteran ushers will train you and be with you every step of the way.
It’s easy to join. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me questions or to join us at 217-369-8687.
Make ushering one of your vocations – Luther would approve; more importantly Christ does, too.