I made it! Last night we had our Christmas presentation and I didn't make the unfortunate mistake of telling hundreds of people (children included) that, "You know who" is not "r-e-a-l!"
Yes, last year I did just that. I have never witnessed "Peace on earth" exit a church sanctuary any faster! The audience was traumatized and I was verbally brutalized; forunately, no one was institutionalized.
In the spirit of the up coming "Auld Lang Syne," I have posted last year's attempt to reconcile with the congregation I serve.
The Unintentional Grinch
My recent descent into “Grinchhood” has left me rather uncomfortable. Saturday night, after the tremendous Christmas presentation, I went to bed and dreamed the choir opened the Sunday morning worship service with a slightly altered version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
You’re a mean one, Pastor Shorey
You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus,
You’re as charming as an eel...
You’re a monster, Pastor Shorey
Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You’ve got garlic in your soul.
There are more verses, but, I think you hear my heart—I know I upset many. I am deeply sorry. I revealed, to a mixed audience (adults AND CHILDREN), that “You know who is not r-e-a-l.” Why, in the planning and preparation of what I wanted to say, it did not enter my mind, I will not try to defend.
The three words that would best describe how I felt shortly after the service are “Stink, Stank, Stunk!” Please accept my apologies.
Mangled up in tangled up knots,