A young minister was called to a church with a long history and an historic building filled with stained glass: images of the apostles on either side and a multicolored image of Christ behind the chancel. Surveying the sanctuary for the first time, she noted a small plaque on the pulpit. Moving for a closer look, she saw it said
Pastor, we want to see Jesus.
Touched by this reminder, she endeavored to remember that people came to better know Jesus, not to know the preacher. And though she preferred to preach from the center of the chancel rather than from the imposing pulpit set to one side, she visited that plaque each morning to remind her to be humble.
One day after service, a few of the long-time members of the church approached the pastor. "Reverend, we have a small request of you. Would you mind very much preaching from the pulpit?"
She was a bit surprised at first, but the minister reasoned that these folks were probably accustomed to preaching from the pulpit. Pressing for a better understanding of their request, she asked "while I'm certainly willing to preach from the pulpit, can you tell me why that's important to you?"
"Because when you preach from the center of chancel," one of the members explained, "you block the view of the stained glass window, and we can't see Jesus."