The Sabbath morning congregational prayer for which everyone was invited to kneel reportedly lasted as long as the day’s sermon.
Most members quietly rose from their knees and settled back in their pews as a verbose elder plodded through the marathon prayer, meandering through an endless list of requests and concerns.
A small group of the faithful continued kneeling as the prayer passed the 20-minute mark.
“I remember wondering what would come first: the end of the prayer or the Second Coming,” said Mee Dolor, one of the members awaiting knee surgery.
Dolor said that it didn’t help that Boughdon SDA had never bothered to buy prayer cushions.
“It was pure agony,” she said, adding that she and several other members had attempted to chime in with extra-loud “amens” to give the elder a hint that he needed to wrap things up.
The “amens” apparently had the opposite effect, inspiring the elder to incorporate a laundry list of other concerns into his prayer.
“I literally heard a crunch in my knees before he was done,” said Dolor who joined six others in requesting stretchers to exit the church after the benediction.
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