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Montana pastor leads one-minute service to catch 49ers game

For some dedicated football fans, Sunday games tend to take precedent over basically everything else in life. And a pastor in Montana is no exception -- especially when kickoff interferes with church services.

This is Pastor Tim Christensen of Goldhill Lutheran Church in Montana. He was sked to lead the 11am service, the same time the 49ers and Panthers were scheduled to kick off on TV.

That's quite the dilemma. So he decided to speed things up a little, cutting his service down to only a minute.

'I was thinking we might have just a little bit of an abbreviated service,' he told the congregation. Then asks, 'Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins? OK, that's great, you are ... There's some bread and some wine up here on the table -- you feel free to help yourself if you'd like to.'

Though Christensen said he doesn't have any vested interest in the game, he proves otherwise false when he goes on to take off his robe displaying a bright red 49ers shirt.

Talk about setting your priorities!

GMA's Josh Elliot chimed in during morning coverage saying he wishes this is something his pastor would have done when he was young and growing up in LA. 'I would say, 'Mom, God wants me to watch this game,' a fight I never won.'

While this far-from typical Sunday morning is making the rounds and even getting some flack, turns out the hurried service is actually prank. The entire congregation knows Christensen is a big 49ers fan, and he held a full service afterwards.

The 49ers beat the Panthers Sunday 29-10.

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gilead82 January 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

Nice to see down to earth clergy with a sense of humor. Too many sanctimonious folks out there.

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Marcia January 14 2014 at 6:32 PM

This wasn't a priest. This wasn't a Mass. This was a Luthern "minister" who had "a service". Big huge difference folks.

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timkinetron Marcia January 14 2014 at 6:43 PM

who said it was a priest

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dollars4deals Marcia January 14 2014 at 6:46 PM

Doesn't matter a lick..... the same principles apply. Case CLOSED.

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jdalgar January 14 2014 at 10:48 PM

Oh lighten up people. It was something he said before the mass - he didn't really leave. Read the whole thing. Obviosuly someone knew he was going to do it 'cause they were ready to video it.

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strohs3748 jdalgar January 14 2014 at 11:05 PM

It wasn't the "mass". This is a Lutheran Church, not a Roman Catholic one.

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PRAISE GOD! January 14 2014 at 10:51 PM

"We all learn."

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lyleva January 14 2014 at 4:40 PM

It's easy to understand this pastor's priorities...

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ejh2727 January 14 2014 at 4:38 PM

Football has no socially redeeming value.

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JzzE1 January 14 2014 at 4:37 PM

Now, that was funny!

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sharank251 January 14 2014 at 4:35 PM

another attack on Christians...its just a little church humor....

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slpjames January 14 2014 at 6:40 PM


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carolanderson9 January 14 2014 at 11:01 PM

I use to have a Priest who went to ND so when they played mass was quick .... its better to have a quick priest then one who's climbing the mountain.

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