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Amazing pastor handles hilarious accident during Christmas service

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
1/4/2017 (1 year ago)
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Bumbling son-in-law wreaks havoc to the amusement of parishioners.

In the middle of a Christmas Eve service at the Phoenix Christian Assembly church, one pastor taught his congregation how to handle unexpected situations with grace.

The pastor handled the hilarious situation with straight face (Bromeatheus Bobalatte/YouTube).

The pastor handled the hilarious situation with straight face (Bromeatheus Bobalatte/YouTube).


By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (
1/4/2017 (1 year ago)

Published in Christmas / Advent

Keywords: Church, pastor, candles, video

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a viral video posted to YouTube, Pastor Don Grosvenor stands at the pulpit with a candelabra to each side.

The words to the last worship song linger on a projector behind him and a table full of the Eucharist rests before him.

"Let's bow our hearts for prayer," Pastor Grosvenor says as he leans onto the pulpit, closes his eyes and bows his head.

The video shows several audience members bowing their heads, preparing for the prayer. Pastor Grosvenor's son-in-law, Bobby Brewer, was also on stage, just out of sight of the camera.

"Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you Lord Jesus," the pastor begins, when suddenly Brewer's hand becomes visible on the left side of the screen.

He reaches for the large candelabra, which falls onto another, smaller candle holder, which then smashes in a cacophony of shattered glass and rolling candlesticks just behind the pastor.

Gasps from the audience and one woman asking if Brewer is okay can be heard.

Brewer's arms, which only a second before was flailing in an attempt to catch the holders, fall to his sides as the audience is left in shocked silence.

After a small turn of Pastor Grosvenor's head, he coolly returns to his prayer as an obviously embarrassed Brewer puts the candelabra upright, briefly surveys the damage, makes an "uh-oh" face to someone off screen and walks from the stage.

Pastor Grosvenor calmly concludes, "Thank you Lord for the joy that the Savior brought."

The video was published Christmas day and has since received nearly 300,000 views.

Speaking to ABC 12, Pastor Grosvenor explained: "It was a very serious moment because the whole evening had been just beautiful."

Brewer shared the cause for the disruption was when he "heard [the] pastor's mic making a noise, so [he] kind of turned and felt something hit [his] shoulder."

Pastor Grosvenor knew he had to keep the prayer going and light-heartedly stated: "Prayer is an interesting thing, and I have tried to learn in my ministry to be able to pray without being distracted, and I think it really paid off on Christmas Eve."


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