Can't resist passing these on. They come from an ezine I get each week called Rumors (that's Rumours to those of us in the world who spell properly), and were supplied to the ezine by someone called John Severson. It may help to know that in the Anglican church, a narthex is the entrance or lobby area, located at the end of the nave, at the far end from the church's main altar. I'd never heard of the word until I went to England with my wife a couple of years ago, and kept coming across Narthexes in the larger Anglican churches we visited.
* Hymnastics: The entertaining body language of your song leader.
* Narthexegesis: Post-sermon commentary by the laity in the lobby after church.
* Pewtrify: To occupy a precise spot in the sanctuary seating for more than 15 years without once showing signs of sentient life.
* Hymnprovisation: The abrupt and unannounced transition from one song to another. It also describes what happens when the words projected on the screens are not singable to the melody the pianist is playing.
* Proliferation: A growing number of anti-abortion activists.
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