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Al Dvorin, a concert announcer who traveled with Elvis throughout the performer’s career, made the phrase famous when his voice was captured on many recordings of Elvis’ performances.

"Elvis has left the building!" is a phrase that was often used following Elvis Presley concerts to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an Elvis encore.

The popular phrase now has a life of its own, but it is a good reminder about the truest nature of the church. It is not a building. What makes a church a church is people. So when we finish our worship service, what truly happens is that the church leaves the building.

Elvis Has Left the Building. Wikipedia, Accessed October 11 2007. Available from