Sunday - a day to pray. I will go and join my small congregation that welcomes all in the spirit of non-denomination, sexual preferences and the like. There will be more trays of food heaped up in the great room then there will be attendees. My kind of place! We will pray, meditate, Sing and be grateful for all God has bestowed upon us. In all it will be a time to honor ourselves and others and find the light and joy that resides in all of us. His service will be quite different....
In contrast, he will likely attend and sing at the Sunday service at Club Fed. An excerpt from his Gray Planet Chronicles detailing his first day at church follows:
I get my first gig on this planet through "Boston Brad." I am singing in the choir for the Sunday service. At first, I was looked at with suspicion by Rev. Bird who is a devout black minister with eyes that follow your every emotion and question, " Have you got Christ in your heart?" He looked me over, his Gray sculpted beard with glasses perched at the tip of his nose and eyes looking up and over with furled brows because he didn’t want to raise his head, only his gaze because he was contemplating Christ’s light on the fan wall that barely reflected the rays of the sun. "Everyone has Christ in their souls" I offered naively. That raised his approval and got me a hummph... "Well that ain’t necessarily so," he said. " The Devils in some folk and I don’t want nothing to do with the devil."
We start off with, Go Tell it on the Mountain. I have never sung it so I’m humming along and then I start improvising and punching it up and that gets the Rev.’s ears pricked. He likes it so... I got the spirit of the Lord in me... well... why don’t I start with the first verse... those days with John Massey at St. Mary’s in with Rev. Harris sure came in handy. But you guessed it, Dukes nose is out of joint... he’s been one upped, so he tells me... "You don’t have to strain yourself..." I’m thinking I’m not straining the keys to low for me so I’ll just sing the third harmony well the Rev. Loves that. Go figure. So we are all smiles. Boston Brad then inquires about the next song in our repertoire. That starts another cock fight. Finally, it is settled and we sing Coming Home . While I spice it up with another one of my hallelujah - Aretha thing and it’s a dazzler! And so we go to the last song in which it says that the Lord shall take your burden and then we are done. Smiles for all and we in the in gratitude and all hold hands as a young church helper another cadre profusely thanks the Lord for the new additions. We all clasp our hands and then individually shake for good measure the Rev. Is all smiles now... I got the Lord a my soul and he knows it... he really knows it.