“Fire Alarm Sunday” – Aug 23rd, 2015
Sometimes we have our plans and go about our routines… and other times we have fire alarms.
On Sunday, we arrived at Holy Trinity HS for our weekly gathering to the sound of the fire alarm! There was no fire and no danger, but there was an alarm system that could not be turned off (something was broken and had to be fixed by a technician). With no knowing when the issue would be resolved, we waited outside to the continuing arrivals of puzzled CITC folks – “Why are you all hanging out outside on the street?”
With our regular Sunday activities on indefinite hold, we made the best of the situation with some coffee, donuts and music, and enjoyed some light rain too. By 9:30am, we decided to cancel the Sunday meeting, knowing that we would not be able to do our normal setup and offer children’s ministry.
Eventually a fire-alarm-system technician arrived and was able to fix the system around 10am. Many CITC folks were still hanging out on the block, so we decided to go inside for a short worship time – unplugged, with no lyrics. It was a great time.
Although the morning was “inconvenient” and had us all in limbo, it was a great reminder that church is far more than our gatherings and our routines — we are the church, and we still got to gather, fellowship, encourage each other, pray for each other, and worship together despite the “abnormal” circumstances.
Perhaps we can pull the fire alarm again sometime soon? 😉