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Psalm 100:2 (NIV) says, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”

Some worshipers also come before him with pencils and paper in hand.

Recently our college and career department cleaned the church when the custodian had to be out. They found so many notes written on offering envelopes and stuffed in pews and hymnals, that they saved their favorites and brought them to me.

All of them are anonymous, but they say a lot about what people are thinking in church.

Some are concerned about the opposite sex. Take this note, for example: “I’ve already gone out with that six grader. But my friend made her break up with me.”

Others are thinking about financial matters, as this envelope indicates: “$25,000 BMW pay in 5 years. 79,000 per year.” (It sounds like they need to shop around for a better interest rate.)

Church seems to bring out budding artists. One person drew pictures of flowers in the  shape of a cross and wrote, “Flowers of the Lord.” Another drew pictures of a donkey, an elephant and a bird. (Democrats, Republicans and...?) Another person drew a full-color picture of green grass, with a man standing on the grass wearing blue jeans in a green shirt with red arms and blond hair and blue rain falling around him. Apparently it was drawn by a visiting artist, as it was on the offering envelope of a different church in Rincon.

Some people are uncomfortable in church, as these notes indicate: “My tailbone REALLY hurts!!!” and, “I feel like I’m falling asleep.”

Oh, well. Perhaps one day we’ll open a pew Bible and find a handwritten note that says, “I was glad when they said to me, Let’s go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

Copyright 2007 by Bob Rogers. Read this column each Thursday for a mix of religion and humor. You can read more “Holy Humor” on the Web site of First Baptist Church of Rincon at