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Door Holders stand at the threshold…
It is always a beautiful moment. The theatre of getting people to their places can be tricky or surprising. But once the guests of honor are seated, the bridal party is at their places–finally we are ready. The groom stands at the head of the aisle awaiting his bride. The music shifts and, instinctively, the congregation stands. All the planning. All the stress. All the phone calls; the meetings; the details–all of it has been waiting for this moment. The doors open and the bride, escorted by her father, makes her entrance. It is a holy moment. Of course the rest of the ceremony is important, but this is the big entrance and it is choreographed to make it right.
In our sanctuary, in order to build more anticipation in this moment, we shut the doors so that the bride and her father are obscured from view. Then, as the music crescendos, 2 people open the doors. The bride is reveals and God’s holy work of taking 2 to create 1 is underway. This is the moment. And it isn’t possible without these 2 key people. They are Door Holders. The picture above shows a mother holding open the door for her daughter, the bride, to enter.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a door holder in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.Psalm 84:10I define a Door Holder as one who willingly stands at the threshold to welcome others in and as a servant who finds joy in helping others find joy. Door Holders are a vital part of our life in community. Door Holders stand at the threshold. They understand the language of the people who are near to God but are willing to be the greeters and interpreters for those who do not yet know Him. Door Holders are servants who put the needs of others ahead of their own. They sacrifice their wants and desires because their joy is found in helping others to enter into God’s presence.
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