It was totally unscripted--a very spontaneous moment in worship.
I was reading the Gospel lesson from behind the pulpit, and as I approached the end of the text, I felt a sneeze coming on. I tried to speed up a little so that I could finish the text before it hit, but it wasn't happening. Just before I was about to start the last sentence of the text: ACHOOOOO!!!!
Without a moment of hesitation, 90% of those in attendance said, "Bless you!"
"Thank you!" I responded. "That was pretty good."
More than a few chuckles happened, and I paused.
"I'm sorry," I said. "This event just reminded me of a story about an old timey comedienne. I wish I could remember his name. Red.... (It was Skelton, but my brain wasn't quite there.) Oh well. Anyway, the guy said he had a dream that he went to heaven and was standing before God. God sneezed, and the comedienne said, 'I didn't know what to say.'"
[Insert 5 second pause.]
Me: Thank you for knowing what to say.
With that, I finished the last sentence of the Gospel lesson. Humor. Blessings. Lightheartedness. And in my estimation: holiness.
May God bless you.!