|From the marvelous David Hayward, nakedpastor.com.|
At the time for the offering to be presented, Carol stood in front of the altar, waiting. The ushers with full offering plates stood at the back of the sanctuary, waiting. Finally, the ushers, still looking as if this were not the right thing to do, approached the altar; Carol said the prayer, the congregation sang the doxology and the service continued. Only in a conversation after the service did she discover that normally the pastor gave the prayer before the ushers brought the gifts to the altar. *
My first week gaffe had to do with passing out and collecting Communion trays, so I can identify. And there's also nothing more idiosyncratic than the Offering.
For the sake of my students, who are UCC, UU, ABC and Episcopal, will you share some of your stories? Write them in the comments, or leave a link to a blog post if you write one.
May your Monday be free of the unexpected!
* Miller, Barbara Day. The New Pastor's Guide to Leading Worship.