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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

some churches

Some churches have Christmas celebrations right out of a glossy magazine, complete with colour-coordinated wreaths, candles, and garland, with a perfectly poised congregation singing "Oh Holy Night" in perfect harmony.

We, on the other hand, walked into our church on Sunday morning to find our 12-foot tree taking a nap. Oh wait, no, it had fallen over. It spilled water, smashed ornaments and shed needles ALL OVER the platform, including sound and guitar gear. We managed to get it somewhat vertical, leaning groggily against the wall, with a blob of Christmas lights shining from one part of it. It looked mildly hung over, truth be told.

We carried on our unique tradition of jingling keys as we sang, scoffing at those polished places that use real jingle bells.

As the mid-morning prayer came to an end and we all turned to sit down, one of our microphones let out the unholiest shriek you have ever heard in all your life, followed by several lesser shrieks from those that startle easily.

We were happily satisfied by the end of the day, to have had an evening candlelight service that didn't set the building on fire. Dragged our bleary-eyed tree out to the curb, hugged "Merry Christmas" to each other, and headed home.

So much for glossy decor and perfect harmony. Some churches go in for that kind of thing.

Good thing we aren't one of them.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm its sounds to me like it is a down-to-earth church, maybe one that I might like to attend.

Anonymous said...

you forgot to mention that even though "spike" tried his hardest we could not find out why two monitors were mixed up and that the hand held was not plugged into the sound board
now that i think about it its all blissed's fault rofl the sound was messed up because we had to move a bunch of stuff around and the tree rocked out so hard it fell over the next day rofl
ok maybe not but its still funny and was a fun day lol
from the littlest "pea" of them all

Patti said...

hmmm, interesting theory.

I would like to point out, though, that the littlest pea of them all figured out why the sound was messed up, and fixed it, right in the middle of the service.

:)

ps to anonymous #1 - only if you're a down-to-earth kind of person! :)

Anonymous said...

great description of the day....I felt badly about the tree, but had to wonder, if a tree falls in the sanctuary and no one is there to see it fall, does it still make a noice? hmmmmm
Sunday was a good day, it was wonderful to sing all the words to the carols. Great accompaniment Patti.[hsdlr]

Sheepdog said...

I love our church. I like that the tree can be like that and no one gets all bent out of shape about it, but instead we just carry on, grateful for each other and loving God. It's so nice to be in a place where we're all allowed to be human.

And yes, anonymous #1, you would be welcome. :)

Kelly said...

... S - I - G - H ...

jarod said...

...though, were safety not an issue, I would almost pay money to see the tree lean on Spike, and the epic battle which would ensue very shortly after as he whips his ax (guitar) to chop it into oblivion.....

ah...Christmas.

vjc said...

I love the jingling keys tradition! Now I have something to think about besides custodians when my keys jingle ...

Merry Christmas, groggy tree and all!

Anonymous said...

:o)

TLC said...

Wow - I guess this means I don't have to do tree clean-up this year :)

Anonymous said...

And that's why I don't attend perfect churches.

Patti said...

:)