Holy Spirit’s Blessing Blocked by Worship Leader
Last Sunday, the members of New Hope Covenant Church in Wetumpka, Oklahoma were denied the blessing of the Holy Spirit during their second service.
Said lead pastor Rick “Ricky” Henderson, “I preached and preached my heart out, but it was all for nothing. No one was saved, no one’s life was changed…it’s like I was preaching to an empty room.”
According to multiple eyewitnesses, the worship leader, Tom “Lefty” Morgan failed to remove his in-ear monitor during the emotional, acapella last chorus of the last praise song before Pastor Ricky came onstage. “I don’t know what happened, I removed it during the first service. I just forgot!” exclaimed an obviously distraught and shaken Lefty.
The drummer, Jeff “Ace” Byers saw the events unfolding from his customary position at the back of the stage. “Lefty did everything right, up to that point. He called an audible and sang the bridge a second time before launching into a three-peat of the chorus. After everyone onstage stopped playing their instruments one by one, Lefty was supposed to remove his earpiece just as the third rendition of the chorus started, but he didn’t. He just stood there, singing with his earpiece still in, all loud and proud. I couldn’t believe it!”
As every modern-day worship leader of a non-denominational church knows, the Holy Spirit is released to bless the rest of the service – including the pastor’s sermon and the crowd’s response – once the worship leader removes his in-ear monitor. Without said removal, the Holy Spirit is blocked.
For the unfortunate souls at New Hope Covenant’s second service, that blessing was tragically missing. “I really feel sorry for the visitors,” said Pastor Ricky. “Our regular attendees have received blessings in past services, but I’m concerned that visitors might not come back since it was missing this past Sunday.”
According to at least one credible source, Lefty has practiced removing his earpiece successfully more than 100 times in rehearsal since last week’s service in order to avoid repeating the same mistake.
Reporter: Jeff the Comma Head