“Joy Guide to Ceremony”

Sunflower

Attendance

about 20

Circle Service Length

1 hour

Sample Worshipper Dress

black pants, purple Hawaiian shirt

Special Guest Spirit

Moose Jaw, the Native American Healer

Congregational Fervor

If they’re feeling sick, Two Worlds members are encouraged to attend a “Hands-On Healing Service” 30 minutes prior to worship. Patients sit before a man with huge eyebrows, who repeats a series of gestures about their body that strongly resemble David Byrne’s dance moves in Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” video. During a recent service, one teenage boy unveiled a hidden Game Boy and began to play while his mother received treatment. HHHHH

Food for the Soul

“I’m going to sit back and let the spirit do the talking,” said the medium and worship leader at the commencement of a recent service. After bowing his head, he sprang upright and, speaking in falsetto, reintroduced himself as Sunflower, the spirit of a 12-year-old girl who perished during the 19th century. Sunflower proceeded to relate messages from “the other side” to the congregation for the better part of an hour. “Who are you, Sunflower?” asked one woman, curious about the spirit’s history. “I’m the dickens, baby!” replied the ghost. HHHHH

Food for the Body

The Church of Two Worlds offered a hearty post-service luncheon that included roast chicken, salad, and iced tea. HHHHH

Overall Worship Power

In addition to her ability to relate messages from the dead, Sunflower possessed a wealth of valuable advice on relationships, employment, and property values. Automobiles, however, were another matter. “Am I going to get my car to work?” asked one worshipper. “I want to say it’s something about a fuse,” replied Sunflower, suddenly unsure. “I don’t really know a lot about electrical-mechanical things.”HHHHH

—Aaron Leitko