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Pastor Chooses 49ers Over Church

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A Butte pastor is gaining national recognition for giving what some are calling the shortest worship service ever, and he did it to go home and watch his favorite team.

Pastor Tim Christensen says, "There's some bread and some wine up here on the table. You're free to help yourself. Let's see, go to peace and love to serve the lord. Kiss and I'm out of here."

Christensen is willing to do almost anything to watch his San Francisco 49ers even if that means cutting his worship ceremony short.

"My dad was a season ticket holder. We moved into San Francisco from rural northern California when I was 12. In '72 we went to a game, and I've been 49ers faithful ever since," says Christensen.

The pastor's Sunday morning service was all of one minute long.   The 49ers were about to play the Carolina Panthers in the NFL playoffs and the pastor needed to get in front of a TV.

"I'm still feeling rather horse. I was cheering for my '9ers. So my voice is kind of shot today."

The pastor's minute-long speech featured the Colin Kaepernick biceps kiss and a flash of his favorite colors. The video, shot by his son, has now gone viral.

Pastor Christensen tells us, "I've never been apart of anything like this before. I probably will never be again. For a few moments there is an awful lot of national media attention. It's fun."

After his quick service, Pastor Tim did come back and conduct the entire worship ceremony.  He was able to record the game and see the 49ers win.

In Butte, Rob Jesselson, ABC/FOX Montana sports.

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