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What You Should Never Say
By Pastor Jon Haakana

As we enjoy the summer months, some time off, some time spent with family and a chance to rest, I want to use the next two months in my article to prepare us to welcome others to our church beginning this Fall. This month I would like to share ten things you should never say to a guest in a worship service. Next month we will look at seven things you should say.

So, here is the list of things you should never say to a guest. By the way, all these quotes I have heard over my years in ministry.

1. “You are sitting in my seat.” This has actually been said to me while attending worship at another congregation.

2. “Is your husband/wife with you?” Members see their church as family friendly as long as “family” meets our definition.

3. “Are those your children?” This question is becoming more common with the   growth in the adoption of children who are not the same race or ethnicity as their parents.

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