Here endeth the lesson
During half-time in the concert I was walking round the church and happened to see the rota for the various Sunday services over the current period, listing the lessons to be read and the people who would read them. Against each Sunday there were columns stating respectively the identities of the Intercessor and the persons giving the First and Second Readings. In each box, as well as the name, was listed the reference for the particular reading, e.g. John 1:1-14 or whatever it happened to be.
Except for one instance. For one particular Sunday, the Intercessor was listed as a Brian McHenry, which gentleman had presumably tested the patience of the parishioners on a previous occasion. Underneath his name, in place of a reference to a passage from the New Testament was simply the phrase:
Very short please.