The Taser's Edge

May 31, 2007, 7:31 pm
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The “office” is an upstairs Sunday School classroom in my church here in rural NC.  (This summer I will be working as an intern.)  It is supposed to be 40 hours a week but there is very little to do in this sleepy church.  (In fact, David, I read Crime and Punishment, and now I regret making a t-shirt with “Raskolnikov” written on it.  The fact that I would have made that t-shirt shows that I didn’t really know the book.or the character.)


My duties thus far:


1.  Liturgizing at both morning services (reading Scriptures and leading prayers).  Service A is at 8:45 a.m. and has 12-20 people in regular attendance.  Service B is the only one of the two in the sanctuary, meant to be more formal, at 11 a.m. with 75-85 people in attendance.  Apparently the new service was begun 12 or 13 years ago when the sanctuary was full.  Attendance shrunk but the service stayed behind.  Any opinions on whether a cantankerous refusal to change is a problem that we should just come out and condemn?


2.  Pastoral Visits.  My first was to a man in Duke Hospital who died two days later.  I hadn’t noticed before but hospitals kind of freak me out.  Luckily, I have an upcoming required course that will put me in a hospital 30 hours a week for a semester.  The others have been to homes of retirees and shut-ins.  And an 84-year-old woman whose house I visited gave me a dozen brown eggs from her dozen laying hens (this down from a former commercial operation of 10,000).  I should have taken a picture of them next to normal eggs.  Humongous and humongously tasty.

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