5 responses to A special Sunday
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    Comment on A special Sunday (August 19th, 2007 at 09:48)

    Very lucky indeed, most ‘englishers’ do not get such a invitation…


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    Bruce B-T
    Comment on A special Sunday (August 20th, 2007 at 13:15)

    So, how was church? My first Old Order Amish church service was 3 weeks ago and my behind was sore for a week from the 3 hours spent on a hard wooded bench without a back. I hope they gave you a chair!

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    Comment on An outsider's experience at Amish church (August 21st, 2007 at 17:16)

    An outsider's experience at Amish church

    It was similar to what you describe…luckily I got a seat on the bench next to the wall. I understood about 12 words but got clued in on the buggy ride home on the sermons’ topics. People were friendly and I enjoyed talking with them afterwards. And the food of course. Even with the length and not being able to understand anything it was a great experience. Singing was particularly nice, I even hummed along a bit.

    Where was the service you attended? That’s great that you had the chance.

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    Bruce B-T
    Comment on A special Sunday (August 23rd, 2007 at 13:44)

    Hi, it was near Summerhill, NY. It is a small (13 families) new (started in ~2002) conservative (milk cows by hand) group. They are poorer than any Amish I have seen in PA, OH, or IN. The house only had particle board for siding and the interior “walls” were the brown paper backing of the insulation between the studs – no drywall and was filled with house flies and the school is an old house that has not been painted in ~50 years. The people were welcomeing and friendly – it helped that I am plain and have a farm background. They had me sit on the minister’s bench facing everyone – not my idea! I understood none of the service, but I greatly enjoyed the singing style, the food and visiting afterwards.

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    Comment on An outsider standing out in Amish church (August 25th, 2007 at 04:12)

    An outsider standing out in Amish church

    Bruce thanks for sharing that, sounds like you had a very interesting experience…and sounds like your background helped with the connection…I don’t know if this group you describe would have been as welcoming towards me–this past weekend as I stood in a row of Amish men wearing my suit, blue shirt and tie (amongst men wearing identical white shirts, hats and vests), I stood out like Waldo in a very, very easy ‘Where’s Waldo?’ puzzle.

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