I was inspired to write this little update on the Menesses this morning, after reminiscing about my Leprechauns on St. Paddy’s Day poem. I hope you all enjoy it. Don’t forget to watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People-you’ll love it-again and again!
St. Patrick’s Day at Church – The Menesses Stike Again
I knew that funny feeling in my gut was right on, as I was getting dressed this morning. St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday couldn’t be a good thing with those Meness kids around. I was right…
Nobody’s Choir robe fit this morning. It seems all the tags were mixed up. The church bulletins were all printed backwards, so you had to hold them up to a mirror to read what they said. “Ah,” said the Pastor when the deacon called him. “It’s just someone’s idea of a prank on St. Patrick’s Day. We must have some ornery little leprechauns about. Don’t worry yourself; just tell everyone to read them when they get home.” He laughed as he hung up the phone and headed out the door.
The Pastor wanted to keep the sermon short this morning, so the choir only needed a lead in song and a closing song. The first song they were to sing was Word of God Speak. Thankfully, that one went off without a hitch. Everyone sat down and the Pastor went up to the pulpit. He opened the service with the usual prayer, blessing everyone. The congregation said, “Amen,” and everyone sat down. That’s when the trouble started. Came a voice from the big Bible on the pulpit, saying, “That’s not how I taught you to pray, Son.” The Pastor jumped back a couple of feet at first. “Oh, I see,” he said. The little leprechauns have been at my Bible too. Very funny!” He picked up the Bible and turned it over a couple of times. Then he turned it this way and that, and rand his hands over the front and back covers. He found nothing out of the ordinary. “Would you stop that, please; you’re making me dizzy,” the voice said. “Alright,” said the Pastor. “That’s about enough. Who’s in the sound room this morning?” The front cover of the Bible opened and closed as the voice came again. “I’ll let you know when it’s enough. And there’s nobody up in the sound room right now. Where’s your faith, Son? You sang, “Word of God Speak, and I’m speaking.” “Be still,” he said to the Bible. There was some muffled laughter from somewhere in the sanctuary. “That’s “Peace, be still,” replied the voice. “Shut up!” – The pastor was now just a little rattled. “My son, is that nice,” asked the voice. “I mean, have you read 1st Corinthians 13? You know, the Love Chapter?” The pastor, feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, decided to call the choir up to sing the closing song. He thought that would give him time to get to the bottom of the talking Bible and put a stop to these shenanigans. Then they all could get on with the service. The choir members all took their places on the platform and the music began. They finished the first verse and went smoothly into the chorus…” Bring me joy, bring me peace. Bring the chance to be free. Bring me anything that brings You glory. And I know there’ll be days when this life brings me pain. But if that’s what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain…” That’s when the sprinklers went off in the sanctuary.
Some were screaming, some were laughing, and those little Menesses were all but doubled over on their pew. “Oh, my God!” The pastor was shouting now. “What on Earth is going on in here today? Jesus have mercy on us,” he shouted. Came that voice from the Bible again…”There you go again. Did you forget that I answer prayer?”
Well, somebody got the sprinklers turned off, and somebody else handed out some towels. Things got calmed down, and the service resumed…right after those little Menesses “unrigged” that talking Bible, and turned their little recorder over to Mom and Dad. They’ll get to wear little leprechaun costumes when they’re cleaning the sanctuary for the next six weeks. Leprechaun moms don’t mess around. The pastor? He’s still laughing.
Love you from Café du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 17, 2019, 1:05 p.m.