Monday, August 17, 2009

Pulpit Swap

Our District Superintendent, Rev. Larry Davies, has been covering the preaching duties at Court Street UMC. It is an over 100 year old church in downtown Lynchburg. The problem was that his duties there kept him from visiting all the other churches in the Lynchburg District. So, he started swapping pulpits with the district pastors. He would preach at the pastor's congregations on a particular Sunday and they would preach at Court Street. Yesterday was my Sunday.
Court Street UMC has a beautiful sanctuary. For a person like me who loves the look of wood, I went into overload. They have an incredible pipe organ that vibrates the floor. When we were singing the Doxology, I could feel the vibrations from my feet all the way up through the pulpit. Joanne said I had a big grin on my face while we were singing. When we sang the hymns all I could hear was the organ. I caught myself several times not singing and just listening to the organ music. The organist, George Clark, is excellent and I told him so several times.
I had several guests that came to hear me. I was really happy that my parents joined us and that my mother was able to make it. We also were happy to see friends from our Fairview UMC days, Alyce Blanks and Amy Rice. Court Street UMC gives all their guests a coffee mug and we all left with one. Except Joanne, she was so busy making sure I got my Bibles, notebook, and robe before we left that she left her mug sitting there. (She made me go back on Monday to get it)
It felt very strange to be at only one church on Sunday. The people at Court Street UMC were wonderful. They made us feel welcome and set me at ease, being at a different church. C. Doug Pillow, the retired former pastor of the church, sat down with me and talked me through their order of service. I noticed in the bulletin that they had a children's message, so I asked to make sure someone would be available to do that. It turned out that the person wasn't there, so I got to do the children's message. It was all fun.
Joanne and I had a wonderful morning visiting and ministering with Court Street UMC. I trust Larry had as much fun as we did as he visited our three churches on the Mount Airy Charge.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mom and I enjoyed the service even if we couldn't hear everything and your written comentary was excellent.