The Meenister’s Log
I once gave my then student, Yvonne, Matthew 1 as the Reading for this particular Sunday in Advent:
The Genealogy of Jesus:
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, son of Abraham:
17 Thus all the generations from Abraham until David are fourteen generations, and from David until the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon until the Christ, fourteen generations.
Now, isn’t that a difficult one to read! She did it perfectly, but I’m sure was cursing me well into the New Year!
When I was a student in St.Andrews, attached to Holy Trinity Church, at one evening service I had to read a passage from one of the Epistles.
During the second last verse of the hymn before the Lesson, I walked up to the lectern, and the Bible placed thereon, only to discover that all the chapter numbers were written in Roman numerals – rapid calculation – all those Xs and VIs and so on – whew! found it just as the organist played the last note.
Several times since I’ve turned to the wrong page and read the wrong passage – then desperately had to ad lib something around it at the beginning of the sermon before getting on to the prepared notes; hopefully nobody noticed the join!
Once I just left things as they were and probably none was any the wiser.