Sacrament meeting was very eventful yesterday.
With about 25 minutes left to go and half way through the third speakers talk, we had a medical emergency in the congregation.?Ç¬† This particular emergency happened smack dab in the middle of the chapel.?Ç¬† Very quickly, members close to the situation tried to assist and get control.?Ç¬† One quickly left and called 9-1-1 to summon the paramedics.
Now, if that wasn’t interesting enough, the response of the rest of the congregation was.
We had a member of the stake presidency sitting on the stand for our meeting (you know, the guy who is suppose to be presiding at the meeting).?Ç¬† He did absolutely nothing and sat there as if it was any other Sunday meeting.
Our bishop sent one of his counselors down to investigate.?Ç¬† The counselor, after assessing the situation, went out into the hallway and waited for the paramedics to arrive instead of reporting back to the bishop.
The speaker received no direction from the leadership on the stand.?Ç¬† He just stayed at the pulpit and continued to give his talk until he was done.?Ç¬† No effort was made to shorten it or look to the leadership for guidance.?Ç¬† He clearly didn’t have anybodies attention.?Ç¬† Everyone in the congregation was watching the unfolding drama happening in the pews.
After his talk, the other counselor instructed organ player to play interlude music while we all sat there.
When the paramedics arrived, the entire congregation sat and watched them work on this individual to a nice rendition of “I know that my redeemer lives”.
Nobody at any time attempted to give a blessing to the person in distress.
The themes of all the talks were… wait for it… ?Ç¬†”How to be better disciples of Christ”.
I cannot recall a time where I felt more akward in sacrament meeting.
Have you ever been in a sacrament meeting where a medical emergency has occured??Ç¬† How was the situation handled?