A Ministry of the Office of Pastor at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Taylorsville, Utah, to promote conversation about faith, community, theology and best practices for parishes
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A Slip of the Tongue, Fever, Favor, Forgiveness
An abnormally high body temperature, usually accompanied by shivering, headache, and in severe instances, delirium.
A state of nervous excitement or agitation.
On Sunday, I not only "forgot" the words of institution, but at the end of the service, when giving the Aaronic blessing, instead of saying "The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace." I said, "The Lord look upon you with fever...."
Several people laughed and I did too. Laughter is a good thing in worship. Sometimes slips of the tongue are helpful. Fever helps cleanse people of disease. And a little excitement or agitation in one's faith and one's congregation is probably a good thing.
So here's to slips of the tongue, forgiveness, fever and God's favor.