Saturday, February 7, 2009

Weddings and Readings

Husband and I will be attending two local weddings in the next two months. Both of the couples are in Husband’s unit, and both also happen to go to our church. The weddings will probably be small, since both couples are already legally married, and now they’re having their marriage blessed. But, we’re excited be going to the weddings, since they’re good friends of ours. I was also excited and honored when they both asked me to do a reading at their ceremony, and I told them so. And, in an effort for full disclosure, I also told one couple this story about a previous reading that I did in church: It was the second time I was doing a reading at church, and I was a little nervous. The reading was from “A letter from St Paul to the Philippians.” I practiced the reading out loud at home a few times. I told Husband that morning that I was worried I was going to mispronounce “Philippians.” He told me not to worry. “There’s no way you could pronounce it wrong. I mean, what would you say? Phil-i-PE-ans?” Exactly. I stood up in front of the church, and I started the reading. Then my brain realized, “Wait, did I just pronounce that wrong?” I figured it was best to just keep going and pretend like nothing happened. Sure enough, I asked Husband about it later, and he confirmed that I said the incorrect “Phil-i-PE-ans” instead of the correct “Phil-LIP-i-ans.” Whoops. Anyway, the couple laughed at the story, and they said they still wanted me to do a reading. The other couple, who had the privilege of hearing my reading blunder in church that one Sunday, recently e-mailed me about the reading for their wedding. I replied to the e-mail and jokingly asked, “Any chance the reading is a letter from St Paul to the Philippians?” The lady replied with a “haha” in her e-mail. I hope that’s a no.

4 comments:

Tom Goering said...

One Sunday I forgot my glasses, I need them for reading - I used to be in denial about that fact until that fateful day - We had to read a passage directed by the Pastor as a congregation. I have a naturally loud voice and was reading along with everyone else until I came to the word "idiot", laughter started to swell up around our pew. My wife could barely contain herself. The church was plainly disrupted by my gaff. The word was "idol"...

I haven't forgotten my glasses since.

Megan said...

haha! That's so cute!

By the way. When you go to the weddings, do you think you could fill me in on some ideas from both? My husband and I are doing the same thing. We were married last March but aren't having our big "wedding" until he gets back next year and I have no idea what to do (as far as planning goes) since we're already married and it won't be your every day traditional "wedding."

themanhattantransfer said...

I had to read a blessing at a wedding last month- it was super nerve-wracking but luckily the other reader made me laugh right before our big moment, so I didn't screw up. It's so much pressure though!

The Mrs. said...

your very brave to do a reading in church... let alone a wedding. I've been asked a couple of times but I'm a whimp. A total whimp.