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I sat in the pew, idly playing with my Looney Tunes tie, waiting for the stuffy calls-and-responses to end and the childrens' sermon to begin. The chidrens' sermon was always my second favorite part of the service, since it was generally interesting and marked the time when we could escape the boring prayer hall and go to Sunday school (my third favorite part of service). Sunday school would let out when the service would end, and we would all mingle and have refreshments after (the clear winner).
My family went to a Presbyterian church, which wasn't so bad, all things considered. There was one sermon about a fish puppet or something who didn't go to church every week, and was gifted a jersey by Satan because not going to church every week made him the "number one player on Satan's team", or something. I thought the whole ordeal was a little extreme. But for the most part, I loved church. Church was music, performance, culture, socialization, friends - and of course refreshments. Ge