The Visitors did not return.
We were all rather pathetic on Sunday. As the regulars entered the sanctuary, they were clearly crestfallen at the sight of the two empty pews. And each time the church door opened, almost everyone turned to see who was entering. The thoughts were nearly audible - maybe the Visitors came a little late!
But...they called on Wednesday. Out of town guests kept them away, and a vacation would prevent attendance next week, but they are looking forward to joining us again the week after that.
Ah. That feels good!