One of the frustrations of day to day ministry and worship at St Chrysostom’s is when, at the last moment there is a ‘hiccup,’ something goes wrong at the wrong time. Why does it happen?
These annoying little events often seem to happen just at the last moment. Sometimes it seems the photocopier has a mind of its own, or goes on strike, just when we hope to produce an Order of Service. A few weeks ago we arrived at Church on Sunday morning to find we were without electricity. On another day a local dignitary visited, we offered a cup of tea, only to find the milk in the heat had soured. (Actually we said nothing and found out the local worthy didn’t take milk in tea!). A commonly recurring problem is the mysterious disappearance the reappearance of teaspoons at Church.
Sometimes we feel we are victims of Resistentialism. Do you know it? Well maybe not by that name. Resistentialism is defined as “seemingly spiteful behaviour manifested by inanimate objects.” Fortunately it seems research into the problem is being done. The British Medical Journal in 2005 published an article (see here) on one aspect of the problem, which as we say, we share: The Case of the Disappearing Teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australiaan research institute.
For ourselves, as an Anglo Catholic Church, we blame a sneaky Protestant Gremlin which visits from time to time to be a wet blanket on our wonderful activities, and to, in an unhelpful and protesting style, simply get in the way.
Have we seen him? No we haven’t. But we are sure it is a ‘he’. It has been suggested he lurks behind closed doors in the church basement. Whatever we do know our worthy predecessors experienced him. They have placed a statue of him by the outside guttering in the vestry area.
That at least gives us a clue as to what we are looking for. Meanwhile we know a solution to keep him away – laughter, music and a sense of fun…