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Part 4 – Church Service (Last Part)
As you know on some past Sundays we talked about how the Amish Church Service is conducted.
Their clergy preach powerful, emotional messages, often moving about since many of the congregation will be seated in different rooms of the home. Ministers present their message in a chanting, sing-song manner, in the Pennsylvania German dialect, with scriptures in High German. Scriptures are followed by brief minister messages, prayer and more songs.
After the religious service concludes, the rooms are cleared of people and some of the benches are converted into tables so that a light lunch can be served. Because of limited space, men and women eat in shifts, oldest through youngest, and usually in separate rooms. The meal may consist of coffee, bread, "church spread" (a combination of peanut butter and marshmallow), jam, apple butter, red beets, pickles, cheese, and sometimes snitz (dried apple) pie. Social time follows the meal. This is a great time to get caught up with what is going on locally and nationally.
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Kyle G. Smith