Monday, 9 March 2009

It's not big & it's not clever...

Some weeks I think and read and pray and write and re-write and finally craft a sermon I feel pleased with. I preach... and no-one seems to be listening, no-one reacts, no-one comments on anything other than the weather.
This week I thought the sermon was 'light' - based on one reasonable idea but I didn't really have time to turn it anything much.
And a number of people said 'you told us what we already know, but you reminded us of what's important & it was just what I needed to hear this week, Gods word came alive' (or words to that effect).

And the lesson for this preacher today is:

“But we have this treasure in clay jars
to show that its extraordinary power
comes from God and not from us.”
(2 Cor. 4:7)
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2 comments:

Beach Walkin said...

I get it... and there are a lot of pastors out here... who get it too. If they only knew... reading... prayers... searching for how the text this week ties into the stuff going on in the congregation... and how hard it is not to put yourself in Jesus' sandals... especially this week.

Rest assured... in Christ... it is clever enough... grace-filled enough... pointing them in the right direction enough... and that's the problem... it isn't easy and it isn't cheap.

Ruth Whitehead said...

Thanks 'Beach Walkin': it's good sometimes to remember that being faithful & walking with Christ is more than enough!