Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's taken me this long to figure out how to even start.

Last Sunday, we had a guest minister at our church. Our church was not in the path of the tornado that hit us May 22; however, several churches were. A couple have shifted their congregations into older buildings that belong to the same denomination, but we offered to share ours with a couple of other churches.

Well, we have our services at 8:00 and 10:30. We're usually done, and most of us are even out of the fellowship hall well before 1:00, when the church that took us up on our offer has their service.

Last Sunday, our service went way short. We were out before 11:30, despite having our usual mid-service meet and greet, and communion. I was a little surprised--our usual rector, though prompt, usually gets us all taken care of and out of the service at around noon.

Then I heard a couple of ladies from our congregation--part of our vestry, I think--talking about why: the minister that was coming in at 1:00 made a point to come in and demand that we be out before his congregation came in.

Excuse me? Dude: not your church building. You are our guests. Be gracious. Don't bully our clergy, or our guest clergy.

I hope that, when you get your church rebuilt, it catches fire. I have no doubt that you're going to be spanked for your behavior--God's a better parent than I, and I don't permit my kids to throw tantrums, nor will I permit them to bully others.


  1. Wow. I'm just amazed at the gall some people have.

    I think what we all need to do, all of us, is start saying a big NO to childish, unreasonable demands. Or at the very least, YOU NEED TO WAIT YOUR TURN like I said to the lady waving an empty punch cup in my face at the reception I helped out at last weekend.

    I really, really loathe the degree to which an entitlement mentality has taken hold in our culture. I think that, more than anything, will be what brings America down, if something does bring us down. And then, all the entitled people will be the ones to blame.

  2. Agreed. I'm doing my best to make sure my kids don't have that attitude, including making plans to homeschool them.


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