Friday, November 05, 2010

True Church Stories - #1

Today begins a new series of posts here on the blog called, "True Church Stories."  Many people tell me I should share funny things that have happened over the years in church or associated with ministry.  These are stories I've shared in circles of friends that have provided some of the greatest laughs.  Here's my first and I hope you find it as funny as I do!

The year was 1984.  I was still in Bible College at VFCC and I was traveling for the school, ministering in churches.  At the time, the song, "El Shaddai" by Amy Grant was all the rage.  It was on the top ten of the Billboard (Christian) charts, and was actually "Song of the Year" in 1983 at the Dove Awards.   Suffice it to say there was no shortage of this song as a "special" at churches all across the land.  I was no exception, singing this song often back then as I traveled and ministered.

This particularly Sunday  I was ministering in an AG church in Allentown, PA and sang the song that morning.

El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
El-Elyon na Adonai,
Age to age You're still the same,
By the power of the name.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
Erkamka na Adonai,
We will praise and lift You high,
El Shaddai. 


Upon finishing the song, the senior pastor came back to the pulpit and (completely 100% serious) nodded his head in affirmation and appreciation and said, "How beautiful.  Thank you Sister, for that lovely song.  Church, don't you  just love those Spanish songs?"

It was all I could do to hold my composure throughout the rest of the service.

5 comments:

Pastor Keith Jones said...

That is just so funny. One time I let a woman sing and she introduced her song this way: "you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends nose".

Honest! She never sang again!

Ruth said...

Can't wait to read the rest of the series. You know this is book material! :) Have a great weekend. Don't forget to turn your clock back!

Deanna said...

What Keith, you didn't let her sing again? What kind of pastor are you? That sounds kind of judgmental! LOL!!!!!!!! OMW, that is a scream.

Ruth, I would love to write a book of this nature...

Love you guys

Rhonda said...

Love it!!! Can't wait to read more - and I'm sure a book would be necessary!!

Melissa Sutton said...

WOW.....good stuff, good stuff I tell you, lol.

YES, PD WRITE THE BOOK!!!