Years ago, during SARS or H1N1 or Swine Flu scare (I forget which; they all tend to blur together), they cut the distribution of wine for the general congregation (it’s since been reinstated), and they said we should understand other people’s desire to not hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer or shake hands during the Sign of Peace.
Since then, people at my church pretty much don’t hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer (unless it’s with relatives). They usually hold “invisible hands” or just keep their hands close to themselves.
They do, however, usually shake hands.
However, one day, I was at church, and the guy next to me stuck out his hand and said “Peace be with you.” I nodded and said “Peace be with you.” I then looked away. He then “slapped” me on the shoulder and said “Hey!” I looked at him. He had his hand stuck out and said “Peace be with you.” I nodded and said “Peace be with you.” He stared at me for a moment and then said “Really” in a tone that sounded like he was so offended.
Anyone ever come across insistent hand-shakers?
Or people that squeeze/shake your hand prior to letting go after the Lord’s Prayer (the primary reason that I’m glad that we no longer hold hands)?