Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Story for Delurk

I figure if you are being challenged to comment, I should at least try to give you something to comment about.

Recently some clergy friends and I were talking about slip-ups from the pulpit. I remember how just a few months into my ordained ministry I was preaching and trying to paint the picture of a tranquil garden and instead of 'organic flower' I said 'orgasmic flower'. (I may have to erase this post depending on who google sends my way thanks to that word).

I said it, but I didn't dwell on it. I just kept it moving and the service proceded as normal.

At the end as I shook hands at the back door I actually thought maybe I had gotten away with my slip-up when an older woman who struggles with her memory and has her good days and bad days came up to me, shook my hand very enthusiastically and said, "Wow! That just sounds like a WON-der-ful garden."

Five years later that still makes me giggle.

18 comments:

St. Casserole said...

Funny story!

PLEASE do not remind me of my verbal slip-ups in the pulpit.

Urghh. too awful for words!

Btw, I'm thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving week. Glad to read you. Glad we met. Glad to have you as a friend.

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Gord said...

SO what exactly is an orgasmic flower and where do I find one???? :)

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Lorna said...

lol (o) blessed thanksgiving

ppolarbear said...

I've had a lot of slipups, but I can't remember any of them right now....what I do remember is an interim pastor at a church I visited for a while when I first moved here. He was doing the official joining of the church thing with about 5 people, and ended it by saying, "welcome to the untied church of christ."

juniper68 said...

In describing sin to a group of confirmation students, I was trying to make the point that sin is separation - from God, others, self - rather than specific acts. Remembering a great example of separation, I said "Why, I sinned with my husband just this morning!"
Silence. Prolonged laughter. End of lesson.

And, based on their ongoing feedback, I'm pretty sure that's all that any of them remember from the whole year....

SingingOwl said...

Ahahahahahaha! I was snorting at wil smama, and then ahahahahahaah
again at juniper....

I have a lot, but at the moment can't think of them. Denial.

Rev Dave said...

A classmate claimed to have committed this slipup _twice_; once at Easter, once at a funeral: "Jesus said, 'I am the erection and the life.'

And I think I've shared elsewhere calling the wedding couple "Karlene", rather than calling them by their proper names Karl and Jolene.

Stacey said...

I can't think of any verbal slip-ups at the moment, but there's always that time I spit out the communion bread...

Procrastinating and delurking. Hello, and thanks for blogging!

will smama said...

St. Cass - Thanks, feelings mutual.
Juniper - Now THAT's funny!
Stacey - I had forgotten that story, thanks for the reminder. Just awesome!

the reverend mommy said...

Orgasmic flower sounds like something I would buy at the naughty lingerie store...

Songbird said...

At a wedding, one of my first, I intoned:
"A reading from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, Channel 13."

Anonymous said...

All of these are so funny! I've had many, many slip ups in the pulpit. The best one was a result of my tendency to verbal dyslexia. I don't know if that's a condition, but I certainly had it when I spoke about eating "dinkies and twing-twongs!"

net said...

gobble til you wobble! love your blog, pink shoes. it's in my favorites' file!

be blessed and have a wonderful thanksgiving!

net said...

that's the LAST time I multi-task! I love your blog too and it's on my favorites' list, wm! have a wonderful thanksgiving and blessings on you too!

juniper68 said...

teri, actually, that IS pretty funny....

net, that kind of thing HAD to happen at a post about slip-ups! :)

will smama said...

lol - too true juniper!

Gord said...

Teri,
That is priceless, from a distance. I have a few committee members who would roast me alive if I said that (how eve much I may feel like it at the time).

more cows than people said...

thanks for a good chuckle! too tired to think of my slip ups... but they've happened.