• New Church Seating

    From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to All on Friday, August 28, 2020 16:36:18
    A rich man went to his vicar and said, "I want you
    and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy
    Land at my expense. When you come back, I'll have a surprise
    for you".

    The vicar accepted the offer, and he and his wife
    went off to the Middle East.

    Three months later they returned home and were met
    by the wealthy parishioner, who told them that while they
    were gone, he had had a new church built. "It's the
    finest building money can buy, vicar," said the man. "No
    expense was spared."

    And he was right. It was a magnificent edifice both
    inside and out. But there was one striking difference.
    There was only one pew, and it was at the very back.

    "A church with only one pew?" asked the vicar.

    "You just wait until Sunday," the rich man said.

    When the time came for the Sunday service, the early
    arrivals entered the church, filed onto the one pew
    and sat down. When the pew was full, a switch clicked
    silently, a circuit closed, the gears meshed, a belt
    moved and, automatically, the rear pew began to move

    When it reached the front of the church, it came to
    a stop. At the same time, another empty pew came up
    from below at the back and more people sat down.

    And so it continued, pews filling and moving forwards
    until finally the church was full, from front to

    "Wonderful!" said the vicar, "Marvelous!"

    The service began, and the vicar started to preach
    his sermon. He launched into his text and, when 12
    o'clock came, he was still going strong, with no end in

    Suddenly a bell rang, and a trap door in the floor
    behind the pulpit dropped open.

    "Wonderful!" said the congregation, "Marvelous!"
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