My Day in Church
Let me start this by saying that I completely and totally support ALL religions and the choice for everyone to choose which one works best for them. Or to go ahead and make up their own, doesn't matter, it's a personal thing.
I was hired today to play in a band, outdoors in a park, where three Lutheran Churches were gathered to have a big celebrate together sort of thing. The music, as it turns out was great, but I started off a bit nervously tho everyone was really nice. There was a little of the "Who are you," vibe going on (Lasted till I started playing.) but it wasn't too bad, I think they were just nervous. I wasn't, tho I hadn't heard the music, if you can count 1,3,5, 7 and Sus, you can play anything.
I did get a little nervous tho when the service started. It opened with everyone saying:
(and I am taking this from the program, NOT paraphrasing)
"We poor sinners confess to you that we have sinned: We have worshiped other Gods, we have dis-honored your name, we have neglected true worship, we have dishonored our parents, we have treated life as cheap, we have betrayed our loved ones, stolen, lied and coveted what is not ours. And other things known only to You."
WHOA! I thought, (barely remembering in time that this was NOT an improv gig or my stage, and I should keep this to my inside voice) You managed all that JUST this past week??? Ye gads, I have fallen among miscreants!!!!!!
Then they offered me wine.
I thought a moment about giving them a little info on how wine very often wasn't the BEST idea about how to save yourself, relieve stress, and feel joyful, yes, it does WORK, but can land you in some trouble too....But the guitar player saved me, by taking mine discreetly after I told him wine-wine was a Bad Idea.
That being said, the music was REALLY fun. The players were all really good, piano, guitar, bass, drums, me and two Vox. Mostly I stayed in the background, adding bits here and there, but when we got to the last song, a kicked up version of Joyful Joyful (Beethoven's Ode to Joy for you purists out there) I thought oh yeah Whhhee-hoo, love this song, and then the leader guy after a couple singing verses nodded at me and the piano and said TAKE IT, which means WHHHEEEHHHOOO in my book!
Surprised the heck out of that congregation. Beethoven rocks. And so, do the Lutherans.
Only, remember, that bit at the end, the Ode to Joy, when you were tapping your feet, singing and rocking and even dancing, that's what makes God happy. Enough with the miserable sinner bits.
Love and joy,