My optician, FT Wilson in Measham, sold me a pair of spectacles that could really be marketed as ‘Preacher’s Glasses,’ as these enable me to read the words of a hymn book when you look down and then cause the congregation to become a blur when you look up. Very useful when facing a particularly nasty or ugly congregation as you can preach without ever actually having to look at them at all. Well I’m pleased to say I never had to wear my special Preacher’s Glasses while preaching at the Erdington United Reformed Church at all. What a wonderful bunch of folk!
Not one person I encountered upon arrival failed to give a heartwarming welcome. One lady came into the vestry and introduced herself as the lady who did the laundry. How I wish I’d brought my ironing! This may all sound irrelevant and quaint, but it is not, for it proves these people are not just going through the motions, they really do care about what they do and the folk who visit.
The service at Erdington United Reformed Church is meticulously planned and great care is taken to do things well. In no way does this result in a dead and lifeless service, quite the opposite, for such efforts cause the participants to give it their very best just as the participants and audience would at a carefully considered concert, opera or play. There is a real respect for God in the meeting, silence is meaningful and there is room for the Lord to do something supernatural should he choose. I think this is because the order of service is carefully worked through with a heart for God’s order rather than mans.
Marian sang Trust and Obey and I preached a Gospel sermon that was aimed to uplift the congregation and you couldn’t help but try to do your absolute best. Mixing with folk who really like to do things well rubs off! If someone in Erdington found their life is not going to plan it is good to know there is a congregation with respect for God’s plan so nearby. I find it astonishing there are empty seats in this church, but at least that means there is room for those who need a little insight from God. Yes, dear visitor to my Blog, if you like an environment where things are done well and need God’s help in your life then Erdington URC is well worth a visit too.