Fort Wayne, IN – The previous ban on unsilenced cellphones during worship services was lifted at Peace Community Church.  “Previously, we thought cellphones were a distraction to corporate worship and super annoying,” said Alex Bell, Senior Pastor.  “Now, we know they are a conduit to God and His messages to us.  They are the means to revival.”

The policy shift was the result of Sally Fell’s phone sounding off one Sunday a few months ago.  Bell was preaching about God’s seeming silence in the tough times, and suddenly the congregants heard, “Hello, it’s me.  I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet.”

Fell explained, “You couldn’t hear any of the Adele song after that.  People erupted in shouts of joy and tears.  It’s been a tough year.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them the rest of the lyrics, but I am glad I don’t have to endure the deathly stares when my phone goes off anymore.  I always hated the policy.”

The new policy has apparently born additional fruits from Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” blaring during a sermon on Matthew 10:14:  “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”

Not everyone is happy about the new policy.  Fell’s husband, Jack, is worried if his friend Bill ever calls during the service:  “His ringtone is Sir Mix A Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back.’”


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