…I like to reflect on the fact that the absolute worst parish in the United States–the uber-loopy St. Joan of Arc in Mpls, is a bastion of staid reverence in comparison with many mainline Protestant churches:
That video’s not real, right? It’s just somebody doing a parody of modern worship services?
No, he did it as a joke. I saw the story when it first broke. They had an actual service. He was known as a 49ers fan, and so he did this up in jest.
My understanding is they had their usual earlier-in-the-morning service that day, but this ‘replaced’ the service that was scheduled for right at kickoff time. Do you have information to the contrary?
It was meant as a joke. A bad joke, but still a joke. Problem is, the video gets out and people naturally assume that is how seriously he takes his faith.
I can understand it was meant as a joke.. I guess I’d still like to know if the joke and the 49ers game pre-empted their regular service at that time. If so, that’s not really funny.
No, it did not preempt it. It was a joke. He came back to perform a service.
I believe that’s true. But not big deal. Not from the perspective of that. It’s really no big deal at all.. I don’t think it was particularly clever or funny. But it wasn’t a big deal either.
Yep, joke: http://mashable.com/2014/01/13/pastor-nfl-playoffs-joke/
That’s good news, sorta.
Something still sits uneasily with me. I think most of it is putting the Eucharist ‘in on the joke’. I guess if you’re Protestant, it’s just ‘no big’, but something about calling it just ‘some bread and some wine up here’…..
He’s Protestant, so it really is just bread and wine.
Who cares about Protestant irreverence? The more reverent they are, the greater their idolatry and blasphemy. We only get upset with St. Joan of Arc parish because we presume the body of Christ is there
joke or not, now we know why SF lost
Funny coincidence – St. Joan of Arc was the very first Catholic church I entered with the thought of becoming a convert! A friend and I had driven from Ohio to Minneapolis to attend an event, and on the drive we spent a lot of time discussion the Faith and the Church. I asked if it would be OK for us to find a Mass on Sunday before starting the drive home, and the nearest parish was St. Joan. We made it through the mass without my friend feeling compelled to drag me out of there – the Eucharist is worth more than many oddities – but we had a stirring discussion of the concepts of “valid” and “licit” (and “illicit!) on the drive home!
This is a thousand times better than the artsy-fartsy, lavender loons at St.Joan of Arc.
Who cares about Protestant irreverence? The more reverent they are, the greater their idolatry and blasphemy. We only get upset with St. Joan of Arc parish because we presume the body of Christ is there!