- I feel the Fruits of the Spirit. Copyright Anne Neilson
- I feel the Fruits of the Spirit.
“With the Bible in one hand, and Facebook in the other”
My sermon writing involves
online news articles
catching up on twitter, tumblr, etc
reading all of my favorite people’s posts (I have a great gay rights friend, an awesome scholarly pastoral friend and couple of fantasy Geeks)..to feel “up” on the world
renegotiating my sermon
thinking about illustrations
In the morning I
edit my outline (which usually means completely reordering and changing everything)
listening to conversations of congregants
holding in my heart the status of the church
realizing how the hymns/prayers add nuance to my sermon and trying to jot them in
Preaching and trying to stay focused
Leading Prayer, Praise and Worship, Blessing and Benedicting
Talking more to people 🙂
Going home and collapsing…
It is the most artistic, emotionally engaging and wonderful hour(ish) of my week.
Followed by a nap
This is getting a lot of searches, so I’m re-posting Sermon’s are Art in response to the article Sermons are becoming Obsolete
Sermons are art, sometimes they rock, and sometimes they don’t. Its less of a quotient of how many hours you put in, and tends to be where you are emotionally, are you feeling creative, is your imagination engaged, can you connect to your audience, is it relevant and yet provoking.
I’ve always said, I wish every sermon was a masterpiece, but since its art, it doesn’t work that way. There are practices and disciplines that help you to be a better artist, but never any guarantees.
This brings me to Presbyterian Today their articles about arts in the church (Shout out to Katie Douglass who pursued arts even while she did her doctorate at PTS)
and Whether Sermons are becoming…
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