"I have a favor to task of you," I said, looking up and backwards, searching to find Pastor Mike's face. As with most conversations we've had, PM had me in a headlock.
"You do?" he asked, spinning me around again. I was glad today's greeting didn't involve his binder pounding on my head. That's apparently reserved for the days when I already have a headache.
"Can I borrow your keys?"
Dang it. Had I really hoped the senior pastor of a megachurch would willingly surrender his keys to some mischievous members?
"Pastor Russ's office." I quickly began to explain the situation in the briefest of terms. I also regretted not chasing down Pastor Jim (PT) instead. To PT, all I would have needed to say was, "It's Trinity Sunday" and the keys would have been mine.
"Well--" PM started. I knew what was coming: no. It's understandable. You can't have three girls unchaperoned in a pastor's office, even if it is Trinity Sunday.
"We won't touch anything," I added, holding my hands in the air. PM's face softened to a smile.
"I already saw the balloons," he said, reaching through his robe and into his pocket to pull out his keys. "And touch anything you'd like," he added with a laugh.
Yes! Pastor Mike has always liked me. Something to do with his being the father of four girls and my being the oldest of three. Either that or the fact that we were pranking Pastor Russ.
Drums and I tried not to run as we headed down the office hallway and back to our heap of balloons outside PR's office door. The hard work had been done. The Athanasian Creed had been cut apart line by line. Each line had been shoved into a balloon. The balloons had been blown up and the key obtained. Now the fun stuff: the decorating.
We didn't have enough hot air, I mean, balloons to fill the office. Unfortunate! Instead we filled every nook and cranny we could fine. A few under his desk, another behind the guitar, some on the bookshelf, one in the Easter basket, one next to the Jesus doll... more or less, everywhere. We even taped one to his desk that read "Trinity Sunday" and one to his door that read "Athanasian Creed." Now everyone that walks by will be curious as to why PR's office door became a bulletin board... today.
You see, this is a four-year tradition. The first year Melissa and I were caught red-handed. We had the Creed in a plethora of different languages taped to his door. He thought it was hate mail from the "Sex Sermon" he'd done on the 6th Commandment the week before. We learned PT felt left out so the following year we used 12-inch white letters to write "Athanasian" down PR's door and "Creed" up PT's. I was in Costa Rica for the third year, but Dawn and Melissa decorated the door with the Creed... on Post-It notes.
A few weeks ago, Trinity Sunday talk began on facebook.
Melissa: This week is Pentecost. You know what that means next week is?
Pastor Russ: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo... just kidding.
Katie: Pastor Russ is just kidding. He likes Trinity Sunday.
PR: I like Trinity Sunday. I just don't like "Let's celebrate Trinity Sunday on Pastor Russ's office door."
Katie: We could celebrate Trinity Sunday in Pastor Russ's office, if that would be better.
Dawn: OOOHH! I want in!
Somewhere in here a secret leaked that PR would be out of town this weekend. We started an email conversation.
Katie: Let me get this straight, you're fleeing on Trinity Sunday, leaving your office open for whatever cockamamie scheme we develop?
PR: My office may be boobie trapped. Enter at you own risk.
Katie: For the Trinity, we're willing to risk it.
And we did. PR congratulated us on another clever and successful Trinity Sunday. (Even though he'd popped half of the balloons before discovering the Creed was inside of them). Rumor has it PT felt left out again. We'll have to fix that next year. Any ideas?
PS: Happy birthday, Drums!