Have you ever been to a church and seen those guys in the red sport coats running up and down the aisle waving 2 fingers in the air, right in the middle of the readings? Does this sound like your Church? If it does, you probably have figured out by now that we’re talking about the ushers. Maybe they don’t wear jackets at your church, but the big question is: do they help the flow of the Liturgy or hinder it?
Hopefully at a teen Liturgy you have teens or CORE Team members welcoming people, giving them a worship aide and inviting them to take a seat. If you don’t, remember that it is so important to make sure that people’s first impression walking into the church is a good one. This is usually their first point of contact with someone and it is so important to make it a pleasant experience so that people feel the love and warmth of Christ as they enter into the Church.
Always make sure that all your ministers, especially you ushers or ministers of hospitality, remember that they too are a part of the assembly and should not just “hang out” in the back of the church, but participate fully in the celebration, fulfilling their duties in the Liturgy to make people’s experience of the Mass more pleasant by being the hands and feet of Christ, serving the people of God.