Thursday, July 10, 2008

Technology and Nature

I had a funeral this morning, and I wanted everything to be just right -- just right for the family of a lovely woman from my parish. She was the kind of person who did everything just right -- from beautiful gardens to generous holiday dinners to baking with her granddaughters. We had the communion table set just right and the flowers arranged just right and the hymns picked. I had taken time to set up extra mikes for a soloist/guitarist, and that worked out just right, too. The sister-in-law, who gave a eulogy said just the right words.

My wireless mike: stopped working just at the beginning of the service. I heard lots of crackling and the sound went in and out for awhile. I decided to give the sermon at the lecturn. I thought at first I had simply run out of battery, but the funeral director came in with a replacement at the Sermon Hymn, and that didn't work. Then, before communion, my communion assistant came in with several possible replacements, none of which worked. I presided loudly.

Brilliant, no? Technology is not my strong suit.

After the service, we had a delicious lunch in our fellowship hall. Everything was just right, from the chicken salald to the croissants to the varieties of bars. I went into my office to prepare for the committal service. When I looked up, it was night. Or so it seemed. The sky was totally black. I went back into the narthex, where the wind was howling, the sirens were blowing, and clusters of people were looking out the doors, worried. There were severe thunderstorms, with torrential rains and wind. This was right about the time we were supposed to leave for the cemetery. It was a little scarier than you want it to be for a funeral.

Later on, as the skies calmed, a small group of us made our way to the cemetery. And somehow, despite everything, it still turned out just right.

6 comments:

mompriest said...

somehow it always does..and when it doesn't we're reminded that we are not really in charge and stuff happens and still somehow it is still right...somehow...

can't tell you how many of these experiences I've had...just like this one!

Barbara B. said...

I agree -- I think it DID turn out just right!

Mrs. M said...

It actually sounds like a beautiful day.

Lindy said...

Even from way down here in Texas I appreciate the care you take with your parishioners. I think we are all a little better for your thought.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

When stuff like the microphone malfunction happens, I think the most important thing is not to make a big deal of it but just carry on. Sounds like you handled it beautifully.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Technology and weather. Too often, despite our best laid plans, we lose control. Thanks be to God when it still turns out all right.

Diane, with Lindy, I'm touched by the care you take for your parishioners.