Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet
From the diary of the REVIVALIST
I will never understand those folks who place playoff football on a higher tier than their heavenly salvation. The game today broadcast at noon, which meant half the congregation didn’t bother to come at all, and those who did packed into the new “blended service” at 9:00. Of course, it was a fiasco. Two-thirds of the choir (including all members under 70 years old!!!) called out “sick,” so the hymns, to the extent that they were recognizable at all, sounded more like bullfrogs croaking than anything resembling music. The band was too loud (and maybe it’s just my age, but I’m pretty sure all these contemporary tunes sound the same!!! Can’t somebody on God’s green earth write a decent pop song about their faith?!? Or barring that, can somebody teach Daniel to at least tune his guitar properly?!?!?). To make it even worse, Phil’s out of town, and the substitute organist made a complete mess of it all – I’m no musician, but I get the sense that something was seriously wrong during the offering, WHICH (by the way) pulled in less than half of what it should if people would actually TITHE LIKE JESUS SAYS TO. We can’t afford to run the heat during weekday office hours, but heaven forbid you kick in a few extra dollars to keep the preach- er from freezing to death! No!! You need that money to pay for your satellite dish so you can watch FOOTBALL all Sunday!!!! Sometimes I think the only reason people come at all any more is for the free coffee and donuts, which frankly we don’t have the money to keep providing... but imagine the uproar if we got rid of the coffee and donuts!.... The worst part of it all is, I like foot- ball too! But instead of spending the afternoon watching the game, I’m going to spend the next five hours addressing newsletters, because we don’t have the money for a full-time secretary!... Romans 5:3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”.... Is it bad form to hope that the Widow Van Sant would just kick it already and will her estate to the church? I’m so cold....
With frostbitten fingers,
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