Ushers and Greeters have always been referred to as the “Door Keepers” of the church and once they were referred to as the “doors” giving open access to the warmth of holy fellowship in the Spirit of Jesus. Our Sunday congregation should always have about them something of the warm congeniality of a family reunion. Each arrival needs to experience the feeling of belonging, a sense that “it is good to be here.” A mutual acceptance: “I, greeting you, see Christ in you and you see Christ in me, greeting you.” The Lord’s Day of celebration ought to be a shining moment providing a foretaste and promise of better things to come.
Ushers and Greeters have an adjective to describe them such as warm, friendly, hospitable, courteous, kind, gentle and gracious. All of this should be presented with a smile. They prepare the soil for the seed of God’s Word to be planted. Ushers and Greeters are people-oriented and have the ability to put strangers at ease. They need to be certain that visitors always feel welcome. They need to assure that the handicapped need to experience the love of God, the love of the community and realize their importance to us.
Before the parishioner sees the priest or hears the choir, they meet the Ushers/Greeters. The greeting may be brief but brief does not mean superficial.