After worship one Sunday I asked a young man who had been carrying on a conversation during my sermon what had been so interesting. He looked at me as if in shock and replied, “You can see me?”
Over the years I have seen quite a bit. At one small church in the Mississippi Delta I saw a mom reach over the pew with a song book and swat rather loudly her misbehaving son on the head. He was sitting on the first pew- right in front of me. I think I stuttered through the rest of the sermon.
Another Sunday I had just returned from a Lithuanian mission trip with a bunch of goodies for some kids at church including a stretchy toy- a balloon filled with talcum powder- which I gave to one of the boys. About mid-way through my sermon that morning I saw a giant white mushroom cloud ascend near where this young man was sitting. Then I saw him completely covered in the powder. Immediately the laughing erupted. I just stopped and laughed too. It was a short sermon that morning.
Then there was the time when a man came into worship as I was preaching and interrupted everything to see if a particular person was there. Upon locating that person he knelt down beside him, whispered something and then left, but not before waving goodbye to me. Go figure.
From the pulpit I have seen people reading newspapers, tossing babies in the air, adjusting make-up, clipping fingernails and of course sleeping- sometimes rather noisily.
Twice my sermons were stopped by men suffering what was thought to be heart-attacks (thankfully neither were) and once while in the pew listening to a sermon I witnessed the preacher faint. (He was diabetic)
Now you know one reason why I included the word “adventures” in the title of this blog! lol
What are some of your memorable pulpit and pew experiences? I would love to hear them.