Monday, July 04, 2005

Just another day in paradise?

Annie & I attended a service at church yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Firstly the organist didn't turn up, then there was a problem with projecting hymn words using PowerPoint. Maybe we should read words the old-fashioned way from a thing called a hymn book!

A singer from the music group fainted and had to lie in the 'recovery position' during a song, still minus an organist.

Rev. Helen Cameron stepped over the unfortunate faintee and everyone carried on regardless.

We were was half-expecting Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale and Kenneth Williams to turn up ("Carry On Regardless" - the film, get it?)

There was then a misunderstanding with half of the congregation standing and half sitting during a hymn

A stand-in organist had been found at this stage. PowerPoint had been restored but then people clambered to close the blinds because it was too bright to read the words.

A women in front of us had a coughing fit and had to leave, muttering something about the high pollution levels in the air. We think the 20 Benson & Hedges spotted in her handbag might have been partly responsible.

Helen told everyone to sit half-way through a hymn that she thought had ended. Again, half sat and half remained standing for the rest of the hymn.

After the service when a sense of normality returned, Helen said that if a bear had entered stage left, she wouldn't have batted an eyelid.

The moral of the story is that in the face of adversity, it pays to have a sense of humour.

Well done Helen - it was a marvellous service!


felix gerena said...

Humor is so important, even in solemnities!

Trevor Gay said...

Indeed Felix - it was so funny and yet inspiring too is a strange way :-)