I was running a little behind yesterday morning.
During the summer I only have a 1/2 hour from when Belmont finishes worship and when Salem begins. With the two congregations are 8 miles apart I have about a 10 minute drive back to town.
Yesterday, worship at Belmont concluded at 9:05am and managed to get out by 9:10am (I guess I got a little long winded) which didn’t give me much time to get to Salem and transition to another worship service. I arrived at Salem at 9:20am and made a quick transition in my office. Upon leaving my office to head to the sanctuary I noticed my wife in the hallway.
Suddenly she screamed…”THERE’S A BIRD IN HERE!”
I looked and sure enough…something was flying in the hallway, but it wasn’t a bird. That’s right…it was a bat.
“I don’t have time for this” I thought.
I eventually chased the flying creature into a Sunday school room where I shut the door and stuffed towel under the door. “We’ll deal with it later“. I just didn’t know it would be so soon.
Right before my scripture reader came up front to read during worship he noticed a shadow move quickly across his papers. He turned around fearing what he would find and sure enough that bat found it’s way out of it’s so-called prison and tried to join us for worship. Immediately, the fast-thinking Dan flung the glass sanctuary doors shut and kept the bat out in the narthex. Some guys, then, proceeded to chase the bat outside.
And I didn’t notice a thing. Worship never missed a beat. A bat in the sanctuary during worship probably wouldn’t have put an end to worship very quickly.
As a pastor, I can’t help but wonder…
How would I have handled a bat in the sanctuary during worship?
How much commotion would that “rat with wings” have caused?
Would worship been salvageable at all?
I am glad I didn’t have to find out yesterday. But something tells me that I need to be ready 🙂