Why should I tell you? Do I have no shame? Yes, I have shame. But I also realize that others can learn from my stupidity and also, and I value this greatly, some may enjoy my embarrassment and come to appreciate the frailties of their pastor.
Event 1: Soon after I came into this parish I had to learn how to use cordless microphones in a consistent way so I didn't have to think about it. I was in front of the congregation, digging in the front of my robe to find the microphone switch. I said, "I'm sorry. I'm not used to cordless microphones. I have to set this up so I know whether I'm turning myself off or turning myself on."
I noticed several of the younger adults giggling at this statement. The impact of my words hit me in the middle of the opening prayer. I am such a dufus.
Event 2: Another cordless microphone issue. And probably one of the most embarrassing things that can happen with a cordless microphone. It was on when I went to the bathroom. The organist was the only person who heard. She knocked at the bathroom door, "Pastor! Turn off your microphone!"
What a dufus!
Event 3: This weekend. Our Christmas letter that I was supposed to proof read. I read it. And I corrected it. But I missed several things. Most of them were capitalizations. But there was one typo that had several members in stitches. Here is the paragraph from the letter that I was supposed to be sure was OK.
For Joe this has been a year of funerals. We have lost so many from among our parish. For a pastor, as for all Christians, funerals are a time of sadness and Joy. They offer a pastor a chance to proclaim to those not of His flock the message of shat dying in the Lord is all about. what a privilege! But there is always the sadness that comes with losing someone we love. Joe has shared that loss with many of you this year.
Yes, I let the word "shat" in this context be distributed to all my members. It was supposed to say "what" instead of "shat." I am so sorry. I have to admit, when this error was pointed out to me I was both taken aback in horror and also laughed like a maniac.
I ask my members to please forgive me and laugh at me and my own stupidity.
What a dufus!
May you have a blessed Christmas.