The minister is upset because he
has to tell his congregation they'll have to come up with more
money than they were expecting for repairs to the roof of the
church. Besides that, the regular organist is sick and a
substitute has been called at the last minute and arrives just
before the service is to start. She asks the minister what she
"Here's a copy of the
service," he says impatiently. "But you'll have to come
up with something on your own after I make the announcement about
At the end of the service, the
minister pauses and says, "There's one thing more. I have a
special announcement to make. The repairs we are making to the
roof of the church are costing 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 breaks into "The Star-Spangled Banner."
And that is how the substitute
became the regular organist.