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Definition of an Usher:
Often times, we do not know or forget from whence comes ushering – from God. God was the very first Usher – as He ushered in day and light (Gen 1:3-4). God ushered man into the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15).
Ushers or forerunners are depicted throughout the Bible. Abraham ushered Faithfulness into the world (Gen. 22). Moses ushered the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt into the promise land.
The Star of Bethlehem ushered the wise men of the East to the place where Christ was born. John the Baptist, forerunner for Christ – prepared the way. He was the voice crying in the wilderness. (John 1:6-13).
An usher is an official whose business is to introduce strangers, or to walk before a person, a forerunner, and a doorkeeper.
They introduce visitors to the church by having them sign a visitor’s card. The church usher helps the Pastor to make the service a success by putting the congregation in the right frame of mind to receive the message. The usher meets the people with a pleasant smile, a warm welcome, and directs them to comfortable seats. They also see to it that perfect order is kept in and around the church at all times during the services.
Ushers are forerunners, for they prepare the church for the guests by being the first to arrive at the church; they receive the order of the day from the Pastor; they see that the church is in proper condition to receive the guest; they see that hymnals, fans, church literature, collection envelopes, and any other items that are to be distributed to the congregation are in their proper places. Church ushers are missionaries for the church for they perpetuate the spirit throughout the congregation.