This Sunday (for the second Sunday in a row) I am using a preaching-from-notes style instead of the full manuscript style. Part of me feels a little guilty – that I am not spending enough time in sermon prep. But another part of me feels a little more free – more free to allow the Spirit to guide me when I preach the sermon. I think I am still doing the same amount of sermon prep but the actual preparation is different. Maybe that is what is causing me to feel this way.
Then there is another part of me that feels a little guilty that I am not producing a manuscript for people to take home or a manuscript for my sermons blog. But then there is still another part of me that says the sermon is an event, not something tangible that you can hold in your hands. The sermon is something that happens on Sunday that (hopefully) causes a change in people’s hearts that in turns helps them live the Gospel for others in their daily lives.
With all these "parts of me" it is a wonder I get anything done. Can anyone out there relate to this? What are your feelings on the "sermon event"? Am I silly for feeling guilty?
Right now the feeling of freedom is overriding my feeling of guilt. I think it is because I am looking more forward to preaching this sermon because of that freedom. I am not being "tied" to some pre-written words on a piece of paper.
I don’t know…does this make any sense?