I had not been able to attend my church for a few weeks and returned with a bang! This was the finale of my recent big weekend. I was honored to be the Liturgist, doing the reading. Here you can see me listed in the outline for the service.
First things first. I dressed appropriately for the day. My Sunday best and took it up a notch since I would be in front of everyone. This outfit is a recent thrift store steal! I dropped a total of $2 on the blazer and the skirt. I simply cannot look any better. The pink accents were spot on.
I could not have been calmer. After a scorching hymn by the gospel choir preceding my reading, as I was standing to approach the lectern, I whispered to the preacher “that’s quite an opening act for me!”. I delivered the reading strongly (in my male voice, hey, it’s all I got), pausing dramatically and providing emphasis where needed. I looked over the congregation as I read. I was very happy with how it all went. During our time of greeting, where we walk all over the church offering peace to all, a gay member of our congregation (I know this because he and his partner were recently married in our church) came up and gave me a kiss on the cheek. That made me feel like I make a very, very small difference. Many complemented me on either my outfit and/or my reading. A special day.
The day and my long weekend as Kandi was rounded off with a church luncheon at a local landmark restaurant. I was beaming, happy, talking with friends and church members I did not know very well. I had a terrific meal and was ready to head to a local symphony concert, but decided I had done quite enough. My eyes were weary from the long weekend and the extended period of time in contacts, so I swung by to check out the end of the Dress Extravaganza and headed home for some much need rest. A truly rewarding and full weekend!
Here is a montage of my reading as I had someone take a few photos while I was doing it.