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A certain man went to Church one Sunday. He frowned when the organist missed a note during the opening hymn. He gave a mean stare at two teenagers talking to each other when the congregation was at prayer. During the Scripture readings, he kept looking impatiently at his watch. When the collection basket was passed he felt that the usher was watching to see how much he gave. During the sermon, he felt mighty pleased with himself when he caught the preacher making a slip of the tongue. He was tight-lipped during all of the hymn singing. As he slipped out a side door during the closing hymn, he muttered to himself, "That was terrible. What a bunch of clods. Never again!"

A certain other man went to Church one Sunday He was edified by the organist’s moving rendition of "Amazing Grace."

He marveled at the sight of a father exchanging hugs with the little child draped over his shoulder. He had but one thought when the collection basket was passed: "Some of what I give will be used to serve the needy. Am I giving enough?" He listened attentively to the Scripture readings, which spoke of God’s incredible love for the human family. He heard something in the sermon that helped him with a question that had bothered him for a long time. He enthusiastically joined in the singing of the closing hymn of praise. As he left the Church, he said to himself, "How good it is to be here and share in the experience of the Presence of God!"

Both men had gone to the same Church, on the same Sunday! Why was each one’s experience of the same place so different? Could it be that each had found exactly what he was looking for?

We who have gathered today in this Church, what are we looking for?

(Source: from a sermon by Don Hawks, "What Am I Looking For?" 7/29/08, http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=125064&Sermon WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR? by Don Hawks

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