: All God’s People

Now that the kids have started back to school, I’ve been spending a bit more time in the office. And today, while others were out to lunch, I helped to cover the phones.

I only answered one phone call. The caller asked if our sanctuary was open today. His English was a bit difficult to understand, so I asked for more information. He shared that he was calling to see if our sanctuary was open for prayer. I could hear the frustration and the discouragement in his voice as he relayed that he had called several other churches and was told that they were closed to the public. It seemed like he was expecting to hear the same answer from me. Instead, I asked if he could hold on a moment while I looked into that possibility.   

Because there have been so many changes with Covid and our policies, I wasn’t sure!

The office telephone, once a common site across our great land.

I am happy to say that when I checked with our staff, we found ourselves agreeing, “We can do this, right? I mean, surely we can let someone in our church to pray!” 

Fortunately the caller hadn’t hung up while I consulted with staff about masks and our sanctuary hours. The caller confirmed our address and then ended the call.

I took a moment to appreciate the bit of “office business” that I had conducted—one phone call. But what a happy reminder of what the church means to people. I wondered who this man was, what his prayer was, and if we would ever see him at our door.

Galilee’s doors are open. There’s also a doorbell.

A short time later, the doorbell rang in the office and it was the caller. I let the gentleman in and showed him into the sanctuary. He look so relieved, so grateful, for this small measure of hospitality. I left him alone to rest in God’s presence and pray.

He took his time to talk to God and let his requests be known. I didn’t know what he was asking, but I know he was heard. When I met him at the door as he was leaving, the man thanked me for letting him in. I told him, “All are welcome in God’s house.”

As I watched him walk to his car, I found myself pondering those other churches. Why did they say no? Was it Covid protocols? Limited staffing? Or was it his accent? Was it that the man was unknown to them? Who knows. But I’m glad Galilee could meet this man’s needs. After all, isn’t that why we’re here? To be a place where others can come to draw close to God? 

I recalled Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Mark, when he cleansed the temple:

Jesus was teaching and saying, “Is it not written,

‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? 

Right? All the nations.

I hope you know that even if you have to call first, or ring the doorbell to get in, or bang on the door, our sanctuary is available for you as well. If Sunday mornings are too crowded for your comfort, come at another time during our business hours, and rest awhile in God’s presence.

God will meet you in our house of prayer. 

 

Pastor Geitra Mickelson

4 Responses

  1. What a great way to share God’s love! So glad to be a part of Galilee and it’s real mission right here in our midst.

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