What are your thoughts about Emily Post? We all know her. She is the final word on conduct. We are always working on conduct, especially, when it comes to our kids and small children. As we raise our kids we want them to be accepted in society. For example, here are a few of Emily’s manners or rules of etiquette for eating at the table:
- Chew with your mouth closed (I appreciate that one)
- Avoid slurping, smacking, blowing your nose or other gross noises (Gross noises – that covers a lot of territory!)
- Don’t use utensils like a shovel or stab the food you are about to eat
- Don’t pick your teeth at the table
- Use your napkin (I might add – not your sleeve)
- Don’t place your elbows on the table while eating, however it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses. (Or, as we say/sing at camp, Get your elbows off the table…)
- Don’t r-e-a-c-h across the table for something, ask for it to be passed
- Always say, Excuse me, whenever you leave the table (When I was a kid we were taught to say, May I be excused, when wanting to leave. Watch an old Leave It To Beaver episode)
Rules for the table according to Emily Post. I could not find an Emily Post rules for church, but there are some good rules to follow:
- Don’t be late, lateness is rude and interrupts the worship of others
- If you are late, choose an appropriate time to enter the service like when there is a pause in the action. (Don’t enter in the middle of a prayer, wait until the prayer has ended. Don’t enter while the Lord’s Supper is being served, it is one of the most reverent times in the service.)
- Enter as quietly as you can
- If you baby cries, take him/her our as discreetly as possible. Babies are going to cry. We expect it. It is a good problem for a church to have. Just use good judgment as to how it affects others
- Always tell the preacher, Great Sermon!, even when it was not so great. It is not necessary to tip the preacher.
- Participate in the service – avoid talking, laughing, or other actions that hinder others from worshiping.
Hebrews 12:38 says we should offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe. That’s our goal, an environment and atmosphere realizing we are in the presence of God in a special way when we come together as a church. Consideration for others is an Emily Post thing.