Sunday service put game on hold

from our February 2013 issue

By Allen SeversonCamrose, 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.