Lori lead me to one of the upholstered benches where our choir director was lying flat on his back. She told me he was too ill to direct the service and wanted me to direct the choir and the congregational singing at the Eden Prairie and the Edina campus. Oh, my! Had they asked me to give my faith story, I would have been prepared for that. I always carry a copy in my purse and in my choir folder. This was something else!
I told them I would do it and then proceeded to get my choir folder to refresh my mind as to what we were singing today. I hadn't looked at it since our rehearsal Wednesday night. I walked to the stage, took my place on the podium, and tried to scan the program to see what I had gotten into. Then I asked the choir to pray for me!
Fast forward, things went okay. I made a couple of blunders at the first service (knocked my glasses off the music stand. One of the musicians surreptitiously picked them up and returned them to stand. Minutes later during the pastor's prayer, I knocked both anthems on the floor, I was able to pick them up while he prayed. Hopefully God is the only One who knows I bent down to pick them up.).
The choir and string quintet followed me extremely well, as did the organist and pianist. I enjoyed the experience of directing the choir and the congregation. Thinking back, it has been 20 years since I have had this privilege.
Update on our choir director: He spent some time at the ER and was sent home with some new medication. Having just had surgery two weeks ago, this was a very scary time for him.
Lesson learned: be prepared for just about anything.