The Dead Church

Look in the coffin.

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
November 10, 2010

A new pastor in old church in rural USA, spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services.

The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone’s duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon.

Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the ‘funeral’.

In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin which was covered in flowers. After the pastor had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.

Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a ‘dead church‘, all the…

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3 thoughts on “The Dead Church

  1. I wonder if the New Pastor looked in the coffin himself, the first visit I had from a Pastor was him seeking to know what interested me and if there was anything he could do for me, you can be sure he didn’t have to ask me to come to Church to hear him share about the Lord, I wanted to come. Sometimes it’s not a dead Church but a dead Pastor.

    God tells us as confirmed in the Scripture below, to take an interest in what interests others and not to just focus on ourselves and our own interests, this is the True essence or beauty of Loving our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, so many claim to Love but actions speak louder than word’s, even though our words are important, Faith without works is dead and Faith is based on Love and Love seeks to encourage, support and bring Joy to others..

    Philippians 2:1-6 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    Hebrews 10 24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up Love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

    • Beautifully stated, Anne. If the New Pastor did nothing for the congregants but invite them to his inauguration as pastor, he probably should have looked into that mirror.

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