Man, yesterday was crazy at church but none of the congregation knew. Our pastor walked in and wasn't feeling well. One of our congregants is a doctor who went in to see him and put him on oxygen and he was doing slightly better. When that tank ran out (it was only partially full - it was our own tank), we switched him to the new one but in the time of switching the tanks, his blood pressure shot up so it was pretty clear he needed to get to the hospital. However, the church service had started, we were at the second of 4 songs for worship (we do 4 worship songs, pastoral prayer (one of the other pastors), greeting, announcements, offering then message so this was about 30 minutes before the message) and he was supposed to preach. He was insisting he could still preach but there was obviously no way he could. So while we called an ambulance (who came to the back door so no one saw him leaving), the three pastors who had no responsibility that day (my husband, the missions pastor and the senior associate pastor - the others all had something to do during the service) spoke about who would give the message. Each one of them were ready to get up and give the message but it was decided that the missions pastor would take the day. He got up, gave his message and NO one knew that anything happened or that he only had about 25 minutes notice. All anyone knew is that pastor wasn't feeling well but they didn't know when that happened. For all they knew, it had happened during the week, not just a few minutes before (they prayed for him during the pastoral prayer). I have to say, it's wonderful to have the multiplicity of leaders in our church and to see the men step in where needed without even a skip. BTW - Pastor is doing better.