Electronics in Church
You know your church has entered the electronic communications age when:
- The pastor reads his sermon from a palm-held computer "notepad".
- There are cell phone chargers next to the pew-pencil drill holes.
- AT&T takes out full-page ads in the church bulletin.
- At the church flea market, used cell phones and answering machines outnumber bowling balls, blenders and electric can-openers.
- When the bells are rung at the end of the service, half the congregation reaches into pockets or purses to see if it was for them. (Theologically speaking, of course, it was).
- The parish not only has an Internet web site, the parish council has discussed petitioning the bishop to change the parish name to "All Saints Domain".
- Everyone in the parish assumes everyone knows what "domain" means.
- People without email addresses are known as "the needy".
- An an April Fool's Day joke on the pastor, several of the teenagers hid cell phones around his office, then called them all simultaneously. Apparently it did not startle him. He said he felt like he was at Sunday liturgy.
- During coffee and doughnuts after services, people are overheard wondering if confession by email would be 'licit". Someone thinks 'licit" is the name of a new software company.
- A petition is circulating to partition the prayer room, creating a 'cell-phones-on' section.
- To quiet fussy 2-year-olds, handing them cell phones on 'vibrate' is more common than handing them Cheerios.
- Five-year-olds actually do say "deliver us some email" during the Our Father rather than "deliver us from evil".