Do You Remember? (2 of 4) by Roger Thomas

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Do You Remember? (2 of 4)
Church: A User's Guide
Roger Thomas
Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Introduction: Several years ago Dear Abby carried this bit of wit about growing older. "Older folks are worth a fortune: with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs!

I have become a lot more social with the passing of the years; some might even call me a frivolous old gal. I'm seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. Then Charley Horse comes along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life!

PS. The preacher came to call the other day. He said that at my age, I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him I do—all the time. No mater where I am --in the living room, upstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement—I ask myself, "Now, what am I here after?"

Have you ever come to church, sat down in your favorite pew and asked, "Now, what am I here after?" That's the theme of my messages this month. Not growing old, but remembering what we are here for. I am presenting "A User's Guide for Church"—a simple explanation and reminder of what happens on a typical Sunday as we gather for worship. Acts 2:42 provides the outline for our User's Guide. Even for those of us who have been in church nearly every Sunday of our lives, a little reminder now and then doesn't hurt.

Remembering is a good thing. And not always easy! I have found that when I forget something word association helps. Why just the other day I was visiting with a friend about a favorite restaurant! I told him it was really great and I recommended it highly. When he asked me the na ...

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