For the most part, the congregants who say something like us in our civvies. It makes them feel better when they show up to worship dressed down. There are still people who wear dresses and suits, but they do not seem to mind the more casual worship. After Labor Day, we will return to wearing robes in worship, just as the choir will.
Then, I received the following email:
Thanks so much for the way you were dressed for XXXX's [funeral] service this afternoon. You looked so "well dressed" and I kept thinking how nice it would be if you dressed like that when you lead a worship at Kilmarnock Baptist. Last week when I was there, I felt very embarrassed for our church family because of the way you were dressed.
Give it a try!
Here is my reply:
Thank you for the compliment. Regarding the insult, if the only thing you got out of worship last week was what the pastor was wearing, you missed the point. The worship was about God's light, sharing that light, and being unified in that light.
Have a blessed day,
Why do we attend worship? Does it matter what we wear, whether we are clergy or laity?