Monday Morning Quarterback
Note: Monday Morning Quarterback is a weekly post reviewing Sunday, the busiest, most stressful, most gratifying day in the week of a pastor/parent/spouse/citizen.
Song of The Day:
6:17. Up to put together a youth Sunday school lesson.
6:19. Watching the condensed game of the Royals Saturday win over the Astros first.
6:33. Using Wikipedia to bone up on Galatians. You know, for the teens.
7:12. I don’t need to get dressed yet, but I got a new suit yesterday and I’m eager to put it on.
7:43. Saying goodbye to Wife and Daughter for the day. They’re spending it at the Pride Parade in West Hollywood. LIttle baby’s all grows up.
7:44. Bump into neighbor out front. He compliments the suit but insults the shoes. Come this close to going back inside and changing them.
8:09. Placing Graduate Recognition gifts on the communion table while I’m thinking about it, lest I forget them.
8:19. Printing youth Sunday School lesson. Second guessing exegetical exercise for Greek euangellion. Also this: “introduce Apostle Paul’s life story (2 minutes).”
8:24. CE Director’s baby smiles at me. Day=made.
8:51. With the church nursery dislocated due to preschool building flooding, advising the Nursery Director on the best place to change diapers.
8:58. Making copies for adult education leader who agreed to fill in on two days’ notice. Copies? I’ll make you a cake right now if you ask me to.
9:34. Discussion with teens of Paul’s “zeal” relative to theirs. At this hour, they’re zealous only for donuts.
10:09. As the Introit wanes, acolyte lights three candles in 1.8 seconds, then races to lectern to lead the Call to Worship. Then spikes the snuffer on the chancel in celebration.
10:18. My lapel mic has come unclipped from my belt. Using the Children’s Time to stealthily unzip my robe and retrieve it. Assuming the worst about how this looks.
10:23. Guest preacher (whose wife and three kids have worshiped with us since the fall) thanking the congregation for welcoming his family these several months. Choking up.
10:41. Leading a recognition of our high school graduates. Choking up.
10:45. Concluding the Graduate Recognition. Someone calls out from the pews, “What are their names?!” Pounding my head and exclaiming, “Idiot!”
11:49. Post-church prospective officer discernment gathering. Participant shares that, while there’s lots of “top down” opportunities for leadership, he’d like to see more “bottom up opportunities.” Elder next to me suggests under her breath, “Well, maybe not.” Giggles.
12:02. Someone tells me I look good, “healthy.” Thank them, but ask what they think of my shoes.
12:09. Invited to lunch. Don’t mind if I do . . .
1:33. Home. Set timer for one hour and 30 minute nap.
2:12. Phone rings. Nap officially over.
3:01. Heading out to get supplies for Junior High Youth Group Year-End Party. Frisbee: check. Pool noodle: check. Oreos: check. Water balloons: check.
3:39. Filling water balloons. In my new suit.
4:39. Students arriving for party. Nobody mentioning the suit. Baffled.
5:01. Toilet paper games in the wind don’t work. File that one away.
5:23. Water balloon pops on my new suit.
5:34. Milk spills on my new suit.
5:45. Ducking out of party for community baccalaureate service. Why do I smell like milk?
6:48. Sweating the organist for the baccalaureate. She sent me an irate email the other day, owing to the fact that nobody told her about the service til Friday but promising to be there. Composing alternate processional in my head.
6:52. Organ prelude begins playing. Fall to my knees in gratitude. Gonna stash that processional away for a rainy day, though.
7:04. Processing in with graduates. Everybody has their cameras out, but nobody’s taking my picture. Don’t they know I’m wearing a new suit?
7:09. Calling the congregation to worship. “Peace be with you . . . ” “Who are you?! And where did you get that suit?!”
7:33. Beaming as one of my students gives a baccalaureate talk. Nudging the adult leader next to me. “That one’s mine.”
8:10. Local Pastor giving the Baccalaureate Address should be done by now. Instead, he’s transitioning with, “You know what? Lemme go here . . . “
8:12. Local Pastor: “And another thing . . . “
8:16. Local Pastor: “And what about this?”
8:20. Local Pastor holds his iPhone to the pulpit microphone and plays a country song. People passing out in the aisles.
8:22. Lament to the adult leader next to me that my new suit has become wrinkled. He observes, “It wasn’t wrinkled when this guy started preaching.”
8:35. Students singing a Bruno Mars benediction. All is well.
9:19. Home. Daughter tells me that she went to a parade today for “The gees!”
10:12 Monday Morning Quarterback=done; suit=hung.