Due to a prolonged dry spell in nearby forest areas, the leafy outer suburbs of a certain city in southern Australia were invaded by hoards of bush possums.
There were five places of worship in this part of the city: a Presbyterian Church, a Baptist Church, a Uniting Church , a Catholic Church, and a Jewish Synagogue.
Each church and synagogue was plagued with pesky possums that generally distracted worshippers and caused more than a little damage to property.
One day, the Presbyterians called a meeting to decide what to do about the possums. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the possums were predestined to be there and that God’s people shouldn’t presume to interfere with Divine Will.
In the Baptist Church, the possums had taken up habitation in the empty baptistery. The deacons met and decided to fill the baptistery in the hope that they could drown the possums, but they escaped somehow and took up noisy residence in the cavity under the roof.
The Uniting Church oversight committee got together, and decided that they weren’t in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So they humanely trapped the possums, and set them free a few miles away (nearer one of the other churches). Three days later, the possums were back.
The Catholic priest consulted with his bishop and together they came up with a fairly effective solution. The following week, the priest had the possums in his area rounded up, confirmed and registered as members of ‘The True Church’. Now he only sees them on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday!
Not much was heard about the response to the incursion at the Jewish Synagogue, but finally the word got out that they had captured one possum early on and, before they let him go, the Rabbi and a few elders had a short service with him called Circumcision … and they haven’t seen a possum on or near their property since!
~ sent in by Marg Coombes-Pearce. Thanks Marg.