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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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scruffstr January 20 2014 at 11:11 AM

for all of you who are aghast at the pastor, did you also read that it was a prank and that he had a full service afterward? lighten up people.

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laugh January 15 2014 at 7:49 AM

I know there are several serious questions i have concerning gods and religion, but there is one thing i'm pretty sure of. He/She doesn't give a second as to who's going to win a football game!
But, that being said, i'll speak for him (like so many preachers profess) - Go NINERS!

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sunnydayetime January 15 2014 at 7:30 AM

Ridiculous. God deserves more respect than that. Are you really inconvenienced by worshiping God? What will you do when you must choose between remaining faithfull to God and prison? There are hundreds of people in prison for their faith in God in other places and our turn is coming. We should be preparing to face the coming tribulations.

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Gary January 15 2014 at 7:22 AM

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I didn't find that appropriate...

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hccbillandpat January 15 2014 at 7:17 AM

The preacher has a sense of humor, that's good. I think God has a sense of humor, look at the giraffe, that's good. I have gone to church sooo many times hoping to hear a message of love and guidance, but wound up hearing only how much money the church budget needed. To hear a message inviting the congregation to partake of the sacrament is wonderful, no matter how it is worded. Lighten up folks, this preacher made a point..... I wonder how many people were in the congregation wondering, before he said anything, if the preacher would " cut it short" so they could go watch the game?

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sunnydayetime January 15 2014 at 7:31 AM

You are in the wrong faith.

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brennemanbelkin January 15 2014 at 7:16 AM

Better hope the Lord is a Niners fan.

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maxcranium January 15 2014 at 7:14 AM

We are difined by our works.
And our works do follow us...

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Joe January 15 2014 at 7:01 AM

i sat to tom b

BUT ITS O/K IF YOU MAKE UP YOUR RULES TO FIT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

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John January 15 2014 at 6:58 AM

SOUNDS TO ME LIKE HE EITHER NEEDS TO SORT OUT HIS PRIORITIES OR FIND ANOTHER VOCATION........... MAYBE A CLOWN OR STANDUP COMIC ?

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hi bev January 15 2014 at 6:52 AM

If you don't have time for the Lord he just might not have time for you.

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pepperlex3 January 15 2014 at 7:18 AM

No...He would never be petty about it.

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