Good Folks, it is Friday, September 29, 2017. This weekend if filled with lots of activities; State Fair of Texas, PIP Days and Consecration Sunday followed by a covered dish meal. My prayer would be that you go to the State Fair after the covered dish meal, but I am selfish and want you in church on Sunday morning.
Recently I was invited and accepted an invitation to mentor two recently commissioned clergy. I am honored by this invitation and the confidence that comes with it. My two mentees have a promising future in the church.
A question asked of the group was what statement is your least favorite after you have preached a sermon, which was one of several favorites’ comments?
I have been blessed with many affirming moments after morning worship in my 29 years of ministry. I am painfully aware that every sermon, like in baseball, is not a homerun. I am blessed to be in the batter’s box called the pulpit. My least favorite statement I recounted was when someone said, “Good speech preacher.” Maybe this gentleman interpreted by “sermon” as another speech from some politician or news commentator. One that I have found to give me a sense that what I am doing makes a difference is when the words, “I needed to hear that today.” are uttered.
Another tidbit of information shared to the mentor group was the fact that the attention span of most folks in the pew has gone from 10 minutes to about six to seven. In The United States we have elected folks from sound bites not speeches. So the one bringing a sermon on a given Sunday must understand their audience, hope for as much attention span as possible and trust that what is said is heard. These are challenging times but hopeful ones always for the preacher.
This Sunday is Consecration Sunday. It is a time when a pledge card will be distributed to those attending morning worship, in hope that you would have already decided on the question posed some time ago, “What percentage of my income is God calling me and my family to give to the church?”
Our generosity to the church is a personal matter. Pray about this. Be at peace with your decision that God and you agreed upon. Then, let’s celebrate the ministries that will be possible because of our collective actions.
The Consecration Team is providing fried chicken from Babes, Cedar Hill. You are asked to bring the side dishes of vegetables, salads and desserts. Our fellowship will be sacramental as we break bread together.
The scripture text will be from 2 Samuel 24: 18-25, “A Gift of Great Value.”
Worship begins at 10:30A.M. As always, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”
Blessings from Duncanville,