Continuing with yesterdays topic of unfortunate typos and all our confessions of frustration with our self-editing, I thought I'd share my favorite church typo. Every discussion of typos includes the bloopers from church signs and bulletins. And yes...I did it and this is a true story.
A few years back, I did the weekly church bulletin. If you've ever worked in a church office, or with a church office, you know that its schedule is pretty feral. You never know what will come up or when you have to drop everything and switch gears. Serving a congregation is something that you can't over plan; consequently, it was sometimes difficult to get all the necessary information together and formatted in time.
On this particular Sunday, our church was having communion. Where some churches have rules about who may participate in the communion, our church is open to anyone taking part. To make sure they feel comfortable, we always printed "communion instructions" and placed them in the bulletin. The detailed instructions explained every step.
On Monday, my Pastor was smiling way too much when I went into the office. To tell the truth, he was a pretty happy and funny guy, so I didn't catch on at first. He began to tell me about one of the services and mentioned that they had more donations than usual at the altar after communion.
The grin was still present; in fact, it was on the verge of a laugh.
Pastor picked up a bulletin and pointed at the instructions. The last line said, "after you receive the host and wine, you can go to the altar and pay." Uh...it was supposed to say "pray."
He didn't necessarily want me to change it for the next communion service...after all, we have a building project.
The good news is that I wasn't the person who left a letter out of the Youth T-Shirt Sale announcement (fortunately, that error was caught in time...but it's still a legend around the office...church people know how to laugh at themselves).