I was preaching today at my placement church and it was one of those times when you really wish it was someone else in your place. Everything started off well enough but one young lad had been brought back in from junior church by his mum a little earlier. That was fine until about 5 minutes into the sermon he let out a loud and very obvious yawn. It was all I could do to keep a straight face especially with the ripple of laughter that went round immediately after. I suspect he knew what was coming because this sermon is probably one of the longer ones I’ve done. To be fair, I was doing a bit of editing on the fly, giving only a couple of examples of scripture where I had three or four and so on. Nonetheless, it was longer than usual.
It was also fairly warm in the church and one elderly lady fainted and, rightly so, there was a bit of concern about her. But what to do? Keep going or stop and make sure everything was fine. Stuart, my supervisor, was signalling to just keep going and I did. But it was obvious that people’s attention had been lost and I expect that my ‘punchline’ ended up falling a bit flat. I suppose that that is when we pray that it is not our words that are heard, but what God wants to communicate that is heard.
Ah well, all part of the learning process.
If anyone wants to read the sermon (and I cannot take responsibility for the consequences of doing so), then it’s now in the downloads section. The sermon is the first (barring an introduction) of a series on the Apostles’ Creed. The theme was “The God I believe in”. Because it’s a follow-on, there may be bits that seem to come from nowhere but I’ve tried to edit these to make better sense in isolation.