A couple of weeks ago as I was packing up my office in the call I was leaving a member of that church said, “Would you be willing to reuse a sermon?”
Me in my head: Oh yes! Apparently you haven’t noticed I’ve done it here!
Me out loud: If the circumstance is right.
She continued, “Well, you should preach that one you did about race as soon as you get there, so they hear it before the election.”
While flattering, it was advice I can’t take. That was a sermon that could be preached because it was built on 8 1/2 years of relationship. I need to preach one this week without even 8 1/2 days to go on.
Getting started. In a new call. On a new sermon. Sometimes it’s the hardest part.
What do you have started so far? What do you do when you can’t quite make the first words write themselves? Of course we’re here from beginning, to middle, to end, so feel free to join the party in the comments.
Here are the links to this week’s lectionaries conversations in case you need a little inspiration again.
Stephanie Anthony is the pastor of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, IL. She started on Thursday. Her family, still living in Hudson, WI for now, include her spouse, Phil, and her three kids, Karoline, William, and Margaret.
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