Diane had been on pins and needles for weeks, wondering who the new pastor would be. Like everyone else at the Methodist Church, she hoped for a powerful orator, with a strong singing voice and, if the Lord felt especially gracious, a wife who played piano. Wives who played piano were very popular in small town congregations.
Diane envisioned a tall, handsome minister, probably in his early 40s, although most pastors at Lennox Valley Methodist Church were either fresh out of seminary or nearing retirement. His sermons would last 15 minutes, no more. Yet those 15 minutes would stir the hearts of parishioners and fill the pews with new converts.
“The Reverend Sarah Hyden-Smith is being appointed to Lennox Valley,” Reverend Whedbee uttered, then continued, “and her first Sunday will be June 14.”
The district superintendent mentioned that Diane’s committee should start making plans to welcome the new pastor.
“Perhaps a potluck meal after her first service,” he suggested tacitly. “Some music might be nice. Maybe someone could play piano,” he added.
Diane wisely held back from responding with her first instinct, “I’m guessing the new pastor’s wife doesn’t play piano.”
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Superintendent, Atlanta Emory District of UMC
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