God, you know me better than I know myself. You know what unsettles me and what excites me, what energizes me and gets my creative juices flowing. God, you know that there are some Sundays when I play it safe and deliver a message that is easy on the soul and pastoral in every respect. I confess to you that sometimes that safety is for my sake, and other times it is for the sake of the congregation. If I know that many people have suffered personal crises over a few weeks time, I tend to deliver a message that comforts more than it challenges.
Today is not one of those days. Today is a day that takes me out on the homiletical edge and pushes me gently over the side, where I cling to a single branch and hope I can hold on. Yes God, I'm kind of freaking out a bit. What made me think this was a good idea??? We have a canoe in our sanctuary!
(breathing, breathing, breathing....) Ok God, this one's in your hands now. I believe with every part of my being that the Holy Spirit can make this worship and work that we are sharing here this morning into something sacred, memorable and blessed. Bless us all as we embark on this adventure in our spiritual journey together. Bless our visioning, our imagining, our prayer and our song, for it is offered to you in faithfulness and praise, in Jesus' name. Amen.