Last Sunday people made it to church, even though it was next to impossible to get here due to the Sun and Salsa Festival blocking the street. Nevertheless, we welcomed over 180 people to our Sanctuary on a hot summer day.
It was a fun day, and I'm thankful for the people who were there to help me with the service. The scripture video was fun, the Acts text was laughable, the piece Pam did was super, the duet by Justin and Adam was sweet and the video showing interviews on 'the pulpit' were great.
I spoke of the pulpit as place of 'truth', as Fred Buechner begs, and then the idea that for me, sermons should:
1) Challenge with truth (or insult as Jermeiahs Wrights church might, a prophetic voice);
2) offer comfort to our sorrow and sadnesses, and;
3) offer truth that invites us to transform and know that the cross and resurrection are central to our life. Our faith truth.
Earlier last week I asked 10 collegaues across Canada why they preach and 8 replied (wow) with words of conviction, power, and hope in the endeavour. Their churches are lucky to have them. The sermon felt long to me, but I loved engaging with colleagues and then figuring it out for myself, for today.
It was also my last sermon before I take off on holidays so it felt like I 'dealt my cards' and played em out...
I don't know, what needs to be in great sermon for YOU?