M. Deschanel,

Evidently you're not alone. Here is someone echoing your complaint. http://eeknight.livejournal.com/283350.html (blog entry entitle Writing Blunders - item #6). It stirred more than a little conversation.

I'm going to rethink the scene looking for a different mechanism to establish the idea of a small church under spiritual attack. Too bad you didn't write sooner. I had already incorporated input from Bea.