I don’t know why it is, but serving in any capacity in a church on Sunday morning is always draining. And I don’t do it that often. And this wasn’t anything close to a large crowd. This was the third time in six months, so I’m tracking a pattern close to “once every eight weeks.” Hardly full-time ministry.
What if I had to do this every Sunday? Plus board meetings? Plus counseling? Plus visitation?
I started an outline on the subject of worship, but it just didn’t take root. So Thursday I was back to square one. Although I don’t believe in recycling notes, this time around I redeveloped a sermon from the files. About ninety minutes to recopy it and update some of the scripture readings from NIV to NLT and Message. (A daring move considering this is an older congregation.) Then thirty minutes later on Saturday to go over it all.
And it went well, based on their comments.
I think it simply went different. Congregations need to hear a different voice now and then.
Anyway… once again I have a great respect for pastors. Is there something you can do to drop a note of encouragement to your pastor this week? Do it! Don’t wait for some card company version of “Pastor Appreciation Week.”