aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Heading for Moo U.

In a couple weeks, I will attend the 9th National Gathering of United Methodist Men at Purdue University. Well, I actually won't be registered for the event; I volunteered to go staff the display booth of the National Association of UM Scouters (NAUMS), of which I am an officer.

I had planned to freeload on my brother-in-law, who lives just outside West Lafayette; however, there is a family wedding in Phoenix, AZ, that weekend, so they'll be gone. That being so, I looked up State Parks online and found that Indiana's newest park, Prophetstown, opened this year with full facilities. So I'll go pitch a tent right outside West Lafayette and bop into town for my duties.

That's all I'd planned to do, but NAUMS is supposed to be prominently featured in one of the plenary sessions, and all the officers have been assigned parts. I'm supposed to lead a prayer at this morning session. The script for the whole deal was e-mailed to me, and I gotta ask: who writes this dreck?

I assign the writing of collects to my confirmation class every year. Then I edit them and use them in worship. These 6th-graders write better prayers than the grab-bag of invocatory stuff I'm supposed to say on this occasion. Grumble, grumble. And my guess is, the prayer will be printed, so I can't edit on the fly. Aaargh.

At least it isn't heretical. It ain't much, but it ain't that.

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