Tim Christensen is the pastor of Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont.
He also is a die-hard fan of the
Obviously a guy who has his priorities straight, Christensen decided to cut Mass a wee bit short. OK, way short.
After informing the members of the congregation about the looming kickoff, forgiving their sins and telling them to help themselves to bread and wine, the 53-year-old San Francisco native said, "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
Nice of him to get in a shout-out to the man upstairs -- right before paying tribute to
Christensen then opened his vestment to reveal a 49ers jersey and declared, "I'm outta here," before heading out to root for a team based more than 1,000 miles away. The entire service lasted almost exactly a minute.
The 49ers gave Christensen plenty to cheer for, defeating the Panthers, 23-10. They advance to play the
[Updated at 1:05 p.m.: Peterson told the New York Daily News that the stunt was just a joke and that he returned to perform his regular hour-long service. But he still got to see the entire game, including the pregame show, on DVR when he got home.]