Continuing with the list of embarrassing moments in church leadership, our story today involves a zipper. For a short overview of all the stories go to Don't Look at Me!, or to read the first two stories go to On Cookie Tins & Under-Garments. Today's totally awkward moment in front of a congregation is titled Ziiip!
I did as every good pastor's wife does and sat near the front row during church services. Our new church was tiny, so the front row was empty and I usually placed myself and our squirming kids on the second row from the front. With 5 and 9 year old boys, this was not the wisest choice and it did not lend itself to relaxed worshiping, that's for sure. Just one of those silly rules we place on ourselves as leaders.
BUT this particular Sunday it was the very best spot for me.
It was during our Adult Sunday School Class. Hubs sat up front on the same level as the class on a high stool. Hubs loved and still loves a class with lots of give and take discussion. On this morning he was answering a question when I suddenly noticed that something was not right. His zipper was not zipped!
If he were standing behind a pulpit, no problem. But he was sitting on a high stool and this could be dangerous indeed. My options were limited. We were still new at this church and I was not comfortable enough to just go up to him and whisper in his ear, though I considered it. But he would still have to turn around to fix the problem and there was no way it could be taken care of in a subtle way.
I decided to write him a note on a pew card/offering envelope. I still did not want to get up, so I wrote in big dark letters "ZIP", and held it in my lap so that he could see it but the people behind me could not. It took a while for him to notice my little sign........
But when he did see it, he immediately said aloud, "Zip? Want me to shut up?" as he motioned a 'zip your lip' kind of hand signal across his mouth! I motioned to his zipper and he sheepishly turned around and repaired it.
The Sunday School Class ended with lots of laughter and I doubt anyone remembers the lesson.Pin It Like this? Don't forget to SHARE...