THE FIFTH PEW
No one ever sat on the fifth pew. Usually this didn’t cause any problems except on Christmas and Mother’s Day when attendance was greater than normal. And on those days, no one seemed to mind sitting on the folding chairs placed in the aisle to leave the fifth pew vacant. If a visitor accidentally sat on the forbidden pew, an usher very politely asked him to move to another seat. It was always done with such tact that no one was ever offended. Once a visitor asked, “Why doesn’t anyone sit on this pew?” The first notes of the organ prelude drowned out the usher’s response. He was relieved that it covered his feeble attempt to…
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