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Sleepy pastor leaves congregation in the lurch

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 27 Dec 2010, 10:06

Published: 27 Dec 2010 10:06 GMT+01:00

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Those thronging the packed pews early on Saturday morning began to get restless after a while as it became apparent that something was amiss, the local Norrbottens Kuriren daily reported.

When it was confirmed that the duty pastor, Stefan Widman, had not awoken from his slumbers, the Christmas service was saved by the initiative of churchwardens Georg Johansson and Hans Brusevitz.

The pair read the Christmas gospel and the Lord's Prayer and the organist Lena Stenlund ensured that the faithful were given a musical accompaniment to their song, the newspaper reported.

When the pastor did eventually make it to the church, after the guests had retired for coffee, he was deeply apologetic, but was met with laughter by forgiving parishioners.

"In the church hall, when i asked for forgiveness for the whole thing, I was told that it is human to oversleep. And I have rarely had such nice discussions with people," Stefan Widman told Norrbottens Kuriren.

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Widman, meanwhile, expressed concern that his tardiness would lead to congregation gossip.

"You become something of the 'talk of the town,' but that you have to take when you have been sloppy with your clock radio," he said.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:16 December 27, 2010 by Jes
He was drunk !!
11:23 December 27, 2010 by johnny1939
HiHi Jes. That is the first one thinks of in Sweden. But mayhaps he was out late doing good works at the soup kitchens.
12:07 December 27, 2010 by Puffin
I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often

Christmas Day services are held at an insane time in Sweden- Traditionally 6am!!!!! and most churches still start the Christmas morning service somewhere between 6am and 7 am

So for those priests that have done midnight mass as well which usuall does not end until around 1am there is not many hours to sleep
12:59 December 27, 2010 by Swedesmith
Maybe he was exacting revenge for all the congregants who sleep through his sermon.
16:12 December 27, 2010 by ghhugh
One shouldn't overlook the possibility that the good Pastor is setting up the congregation for his sermon next Sunday on Forgiveness.
22:08 December 27, 2010 by stillwatersrd

07:11 December 28, 2010 by MarkinBoston
Someone actually showed up for church service in Sweden? Must be tourists.
11:31 December 28, 2010 by Jes
Yeah , it is rather tempting to poke fun at this guy ; but seriously , this Pastor should be commended for avoiding to committ a PUI = preaching under the influence .
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