Pre-service message

by Richard on May 29, 2012

This comes via Allan Bevere, to whom go my hearty thanks. As he says, Every Church Needs To Play Something Like This Before Worship

Seriously though. Love them or loathe them, mobiles are a fact of life. I hate the snotty tone of some of those pre-event messages, the self-righteous tutting when someone else’s phone rings. The best mobile phone reminder I’ve come across went like this: “We don’t want you to be out of touch with your friends, so please don’t forget to turn your phone on at the end of this service.”

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tortoise 05.29.12 at 9:45 pm

If I’m conducting a Marriage or Baptism, I sometimes keep a ‘prop’ mobile phone at the lectern so that during my opening welcome I can say something like “one thing I must remember to do before we begin is to turn this off… there we go…” - which has seemed to serve as an effective reminder without wagging fingers at anyone but myself.

(Could this be connected with a pre-ordination memory of my own mobile ringing in church during the Bible reading… which indeed was being read by me? You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment).

I do like the example you quote, though.


Kim 05.30.12 at 7:02 am

Gives a whole new meaning to the preacher saying, “My text for today …”


Richard 05.30.12 at 7:36 am


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