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It’s Sunday morning, your mother enters your bedroom almost ready for church with her slip hanging under her skirt. All you could hear was gospel music playing in the background or sometimes in my case, Charles Stanley on the television.

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You got yourself out of bed because your mother didn’t like being late for church and got ready for service.

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If you grew up in a Black church then you’ve encountered some of these different situations.

The man that does too much on his way to the offering plate
When the choir director never wants to end the song
The choir singer being extra during their solo
When the First Lady is looking out to see why no one will take the crying baby outside
When the preacher is giving the word and you think it’s about you
The lady at church that always catches the holy ghost
When the pastor asks you to turn to your neighbor, but you don’t fool with them
The sleeping deacon that just wakes up to say “come on pastor”

When you pretend you’re looking at your Bible app, but you’re really texting in your group chat about where you should go for brunch after service
The usher that isn’t here for you putting $20 in the collection plate and asking for $19 back
When they do alter call and wait over 20 minutes for someone to come up



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