USHER’S DAY 2019
August 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - August 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Psalm 84:10 ESV
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Romans 12:13 ESV
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Chronicles 9:17-27 ESV
The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen (Shallum was the chief); until then they were in the king’s gate on the east side as the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites. Shallum the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers’ house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the chief officer over them in time past; the Lord was with him. Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the entrance of the tent of meeting. …
1 Timothy 6:18-19 ESV
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
A. Information on the term Usher
The etymology of the term usher, as a noun, dates back to 1380 meaning, “servant who has charge of doors and admits people to a chamber, hall, etc.” The term is from the “12th century Anglo-French ‘usser,’ which is from the old French ‘ussier,’ from the Latin ‘ustiarius,’ doorkeeper, from ‘ostium,’ door, entrance, related to ‘os’—‘mouth.’ The feminine form ‘usherette,’ dates from 1925. The verb meaning to conduct, or escort, dates from 1594.1 See the lectionary commentary for today for a theological treatment of the term usher.
B. The National Association of Ushers
The first convention of the National Association of Ushers, an interdenominational organization of ushers, was held July 24-26, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elijah A. Hamilton was its founder. Hamilton desired a national organization of ushers “to broaden the field of Church ushering and to break down the barrier of interdenominational, discrimination and prejudice.” . The result was the first national