This person helps ensure a smoothly running church service and ministers to people in a variety of practical ways. The duties include greeting people as they arrive for Mass, assist people with special needs, and collect the offering.
Before Mass starts, the ushers will have the responsibility to check the thermostat, make sure the hymnals are placed correctly, and prepare the bulletins for distribution. As the churchgoers arrive, the ushers will act as doorkeepers, greeting each person with a smile & shaking hands as well as extending extra help in seating those who need assistance.
During the church service, the ushers usually take part in some way. They are responsible to take up the church offering and make sure it is put in the proper place and to aid latecomers in finding a seat. In case of an emergency, the ushers will take the lead in getting people to safety in an orderly manner.
After the service, ushers will again be at the door to greet the congregation as they leave and provide assistance as needed as well as handing out bulletins.
Although the position of “usher” is not mentioned in the Bible, ushers today provide an invaluable service to the local church body. In many ways, the ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive and the last ones they see as they leave. It is important that an usher be friendly, honest, and willing to serve. It is an honorable position in the church, requiring integrity, cordiality, and wisdom.
The heart of an usher is the heart of a servant, and he does his work for his Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:24). A church usher has a true love for the people of the church and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of God. An usher’s theme verse could very well be Psalm 84:10, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”