In the middle of a million deadlines and other events I am preaching both services tomorrow. Let me start by saying there is no way a person who has to do all of the jobs that a small to mid-sized church asks their pastor to do can do 2 good sermons on Sunday. The time commitment alone is rough, not to mention the mental stuff. But I digress.
In the morning I am doing a sermon on Abraham sacrificing Isaac. It is pretty standard with a couple of no-traditional elements thrown in. Tomorrow night I have been struggling with all week. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to say. In the end I sort of picked a couple of videos and wrote a few notes in between them.
Tonight Meredith asks me what I am talking about, and when I tell her she looked sort of disappointed. “I was hoping you were doing stations,” she said. That got me to thinking. Exactly what I wanted was a time for people to encounter Jesus on their own. So I looked up the “Encounters with Jesus” worship outline that I had done with the youth and not with “Big Church” and suddenly I felt like this was the direction I was supposed to go on Sunday night.
Of course that means that I had a ton of work to do, and I just remembered something that I have forgotten, but I think God used Meredith in a big way tonight. Full report tomorrow night.