Holiday meeting for worship, observed by candle light, is an annual event eagerly anticipated by the George School community. (Photo by Ari Betof ’98)
Traditionally, Holiday Meeting for Worship is filled with messages of hope, remembrance, love, and pain along with a variety of musical offerings from student instrumental and choral groups. This year began as usual. After the reading of the Christmas story and some lovely music, we settled into worship. All was going as planned when, ’midst the deep silence, ringing out true and clear from a front and center seat occupied by none other than a mortified Religion Department member, broke the melodic digital harangue of a rogue cell phone. The disruption was met, in true Quaker fashion, with barely a murmur and a few smiles, although one could easily see the blood rushing to the face and ears of the owner of the offending widget.
Despite several seconds of intense focus, it all seemed to pass and we settled back into comfortable silence punctuated by poignant spoken messages. All back to normal, it seemed. At the rise of meeting, however, Chip Poston thanked the musicians and wryly gave a special acknowledgment to the impromptu cell phone soloist who, by the way, shall remain nameless in this writing.
It brought down the house.