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Church November 29, 2015

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It’s been aeons since I was a regular churchgoer. The past few decades have found me inside church walls for weddings, funerals, the occasional holiday service with family, or as a tourist. But this month, my travels have taken me to church—real church—twice, once near Boston and once about a 90-minute drive outside of London. Both services, oddly enough, were Unitarian, which completely suits my sensibilities.

Tim and I took our big October trip to London and Paris, which spilled very slightly into November, which turned out to be fortuitous because our host—my long-lost friend, whom I had not seen in about three decades—is a Unitarian minister. He preaches every other week, and our last day of vacation hit his week on. So off we went for services, to be followed by a stop at Winchester Cathedral.

It was All Saint’s Day, and John gave a lovely sermon about saints and about how the interesting thing to him about saints isn’t necessarily their sainthood, but who they were before the sainty stuff happened: often not very nice people, or simply normal people being good sometimes, bad sometimes. In spite of themselves and their real lives, they pushed themselves into doing something really good.

I’m certainly paraphrasing horribly.

The pianist was astounding. A really great musician. His dog—a golden retriever? or lab?—lay quietly in front of the grand piano throughout the service. When it was time for the offering, the pianist began playing a tune that I immediately knew in my core, but it was played slowly and meditatively and classically, and I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing.

Indeed, it was “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity.

I made an astonished “Really?” face at the pastor. He “Really!”ed me back. As far as I could tell, he and I were the only ones there who got the joke.

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1. guacachocolatte - December 1, 2015

Too funny… the bit about “Big Spender” reminds me of that Simpsons episode when Bart switched the organ music.

2. Mali - December 4, 2015

“Big Spender!” I love it.


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