Tuesday, August 30, 2005

First Sunday as Lector

First, my prayers go out to those trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The situation in and around New Orleans sounds especially bad.


My first Sunday as Lector went well, but not without nerves.

When I stood at the lectern and tried to take a breath before beginning the first reading, I couldn’t! It was like I hit an air pocket. Finally, I figured I needed to start reading sometime. So I announced the lesson and read Micah 6:1-8. I was afraid I would gag, but I couldn’t just keep standing up there. But I did o.k. even if there was a bit of nerves in my voice.

It’s a bit strange that I got so nervous since I have plenty of public speaking experience, some in much more trying circumstances. I guess it goes to show how seriously I take Lector duty.

Between the two readings, my forehead was sweating. And it took me a second to find my second lesson, Philippians 4:4-13. But it went better. I did say “passes” instead of “passeth” because saying trying to say “passeth” was too big a risk for me. Sorry, King Jimmy.

I told people I was going to change a word, but even they couldn’t tell which one.

The Epistle lesson during Holy Communion, Galatians 5:16-24, went well. I didn’t even come close to cracking a smile while saying “lasciviousness.” And I wasn’t nearly as nervous. You think I would be since Holy Communion is our main service. But I guess Morning Prayer got the nerves out of my system.

Oh yes, I wore a new dark blue pinstripe suit for the occasion. That met with approval/shock.

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