By Allen Severson – Camrose, Alta.
I am a retired Lutheran pastor. My first parish was at Birch Hills, Sask., that included two country congregations and a preaching place. One of the country churches was close to a school, a country store, and curling rink.
I remember when the final game of the winter bonspiel was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Our church service was also scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Shortly before 2 p.m., the curling game was put “on hold”. The curlers and spectators came to church, and after the service, went back to the curling rink and finished the game.
We had a good turnout at our service that Sunday. The people showed respect for the church and didn’t let a curling game keep them away from worship.