Sleeping in Church…

Read Acts 20

Focus on verse 9sleeping-in-church

On a Sunday morning the preacher was going on a little longer than usual. As a result one of his deacons fell asleep in the third pew. The preacher noticed this and stopped in mid sentence to ask the man’s wife to wake him up, to which she replied, “Wake him up yourself – you put him to sleep!” Okay, so that didn’t actually happen – at least not to my knowledge, but it was the best I could do as a lead in to the only account in the Bible that I know of where a guy falls asleep during a long sermon. Apparently the Apostle Paul had a lot of material to cover and was only in town for a day. The text does not inform us of exactly what time Paul started preaching, but it does tell us “he prolonged his speech until midnight”.

And a young man named Eutychus , sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. (v. 9)

Now as tragic as that sounds Luke explains in the following verses that Paul apparently stopped preaching at this point to go down to attend to Eutychus, raising him back to life. We then learn that they followed this with communion (breaking bread together) and then carrying on with conversation until daylight at which point it was time for Paul to leave. So there you have it. If the preacher gets to long winded and you want to move the service along a little just fall out a window – pretty much guaranteed to get the preachers attention!

In all seriousness, having been at both ends of this type of situation, I would suggest you cut your preacher a little slack if he goes a little long. It is possible that he (like Paul) has a lot to say, and if you have to take a little nap – I recommend you avoid sitting on a windowsill or balcony ledge.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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