The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to,
after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more
money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.
Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick
and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute.
The substitute wanted to know what to play. “Here’s a copy of the
service,” he said impatiently. “But you’ll have to think of something to
play after I make the announcement about the finances.”
At the end of the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and
Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much
as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge
$100 or more, please stand up.” At that moment, the substitute organist
played “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And that is how the substitute
became the regular organist!