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Boring sermons

A comment about a 1/2 hour sermon that was entirely un-appropriate, on my last diary blog, reminded me how I got through sermons when I was at school and had to go to church twice on Sunday!
You listen very hard, so appear to be paying attention! In fact you are looking for words beginning with the letters of the alphabet in sequence. You get on quite well at first, but then it gets more difficult. You can miss k because it is in front of n and not heard for example. If you were to reach Z it depends whether the preacher is going to mention Zachariah!!!
What other ways do people use to survive? And I don't mean worrying about getting the joint in the oven!

Posted at 7th Dec 2007 - 05:44PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Boring sermons Comments: 8

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Faith's Avatar Well I would actually TRY to listen to the sermon, as maybe I would get something out of it. But if not, always got plenty in my head to think about.

In a diffcult, perhaps painful, situation - like dentist or when I had colposcopy recently, I recite, in my head, an easy times table!

Posted by: Faith on 7th Dec 2007 at 06:18PM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Oh I was taught that by a very old friend of my mothers at a tender age, we'd come out of mass on sunday and she would ask which letter I had got to and then tell me hers, actually it makes you listen very attentively! AND she had been taught the game by a rather high ranking man wearing purple, carrying a mitre and porting a funny hat !!! And that I swear is the truth!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 7th Dec 2007 at 06:51PM

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Mountainear's Avatar Brilliant Withy, I must remember it.

My ploy for converstion with strangers at dinner parties, wedding receptions and the such - (when all else fails) is to work my way through subjects alphabetically. Hasn't it been a good year for Apples? Doesn't the Bride look lovely? etc

Posted by: Mountainear on 7th Dec 2007 at 07:12PM

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I went to a Quaker school so we had Meeting instead of Church, where we had to sit in silence 'in thought' for 45 minutes. For someone like me, who lived most of her life in her imagination anyway, it was heaven sent.
As I get older I have less and less time with any form of religion. I doubt the existence of any God who can cause so many wars and conflicts. I find my God on the beach, or wherever a magical moment enters my life.

Posted by: @themill on 7th Dec 2007 at 07:30PM

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Peterwf's Avatar I find it is best to give a positive comment like, "that was a challenging subject" when/if a sermon warrants it, which then means that you have license to say critical comments like, "that went over my head" or "I think I missed the point."

So to survive, try thinking what you are going to say to the clerah as you meet him/her on the way out.

Posted by: Peterwf on 7th Dec 2007 at 08:04PM

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I have a friend who was in the Metropolitan Police and she tells me that when traffic police get bored on the M25 they play traffic snooker. So pull over a red car then work all though the colours. Sorry nothing to do with sermons

Posted by: Miss penelope on 7th Dec 2007 at 08:45PM

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Milla's Avatar Oops that was me. It was truly ghastly. So smug. E had to keep stabbing himself with a safety pin to stop himself toppling over. The rest of us played with our candles - really, burning yourself with wax was a blessed relief.

Posted by: Milla on 7th Dec 2007 at 09:04PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I just don't go to church . . .that way I don't get bored listening to long sermons . . .I go for a long walk instead and worship teh life that I see all around me in my own way.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th Dec 2007 at 12:25AM

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