Our blogging subject today, as part of the 40 Days exercise, is to talk about Sunday best, whether it refers to attire, behavior, etc.  I immediately thought of this fun article from a July edition of the New York Times.   There is an apparently very active group called the National United Church Ushers Association of America which meets yearly and sets the tone for silent church usher signals.  There are various hand and arm motions for seatings, offerings, need more envelopes, etc.  I have never seen these signals used in an Orthodox church – we Americanized things by adding organs, carpet, pews, etc. but never made it this far – but I can see how the system is useful.  My personal favorite is the distress signal – this could not doubt find some use in many of our churches on Sunday mornings 🙂 .