The other good book you should have in church.

I enjoy going to church. I like the routine and rituals. I love taking time to reflect. I like the grounding it provides. I always appreciate the music. And I like that it is the only time that I am ever in a room with hundreds of other people who all decide to put their little digital buddies down and be present.

Lessons

But what I like most about church is learning. Through the sermon, the scripture and the stories, a church service shares wisdom, perspective and philosophy. It teaches lessons on morality and history. I always learn something new. In fact, I find that a good church service feels like a combination of attending a class and reading a book.

Taking Notes

Speaking of books, as an Entrepreneur, blogger and professional creative, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. I take notes in meetings, while on airplanes and while grabbing chocolate milk . But I don’t bring a notebook to church. Suddenly, after 40+ years of attending services, this seems really odd to me.

Sure, I have written notes in church. Sometimes in a bulletin or on a spare offering envelope in the pew rack (pew, it smells like church!). But I have never had a dedicated notebook that I take to church, and use to collect all of the pearls of wisdom, words of inspiration, worthwhile bible passages, and funny thoughts that I have that I can’t share with anyone in the moment.

Searching For Another Good Book

Now I am considering what the best notebook would be. Should it be something created specifically for church? Or is a blank Moleskin the perfect receptacle? Size matters too. Should it be small and easily tucked into my pocket, so I don’t forget it. Or should I carry a large stone tablet with room for 10 lessons that begin with Thou?

What do you do?

Do you bring a notebook to your church, synagogue, mosque, tabernacle or other place of higher learning?  If so, I’d love to hear about it. Does anybody type notes into their phone, and risk looking like they are texting during worship (with one eye on the screen, and one eye looking for lightening)? If you think bringing a dedicated notebook to a place of worship seems odd, I’d like to hear that too.

Happy Sunday. I hope you all have a noteworthy day.

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This is the Norwich Congregational Church, the church I grew up in Norwich, Vermont. As a teenager I used to usher here before Usher made ushering cool.
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Adam Albrecht

Adam Albrecht is the Founder and CEO of the advertising and idea agency, The Weaponry. He believes the most powerful weapon on Earth is the human mind. He also authors two blogs: The Perfect Agency Project and Dad Says Daughter Says, a Daddy-Daughter blog he co-writes with his 12 year old daughter Ava. Adam can be reached at adam@theweaponry.com.

3 thoughts on “The other good book you should have in church.”

  1. I typically take Evernote into church. I have a notebook totally dedicated to church notes (it’s cleverly titled “Church Notes”). I’ll flip between that and YouVersion so I can copy/paste full verses into my notes. I’m sure people around think I’m just playing on my phone but it is a system that works for me! Today’s example https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/c9af8546-08ce-4b66-84ab-8618bed38f23/b7eb8a2bd3c3e87168d50a5a7c3ca984

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  2. I have a small notebook that I use just to collect the pearls from sermons. It’s small and unobtrusive, so that I don’t look like an obvious note taker. That’s all that I use this notebook for and it is now a collection of gems of wisdom.

    Beth

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  3. Who cares what people think? I have a Bible on my phone always handy and type my notes into the iPhone Notes app in a folder I’ve titled Devotions. I haven’t figured out how to type notes directly into the Bible App. I could on my previous phone…:/ but that Bible only had one license and stayed with that phone. Live and learn.

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