Saturday, November 03, 2012
11th Hour Preacher Party - Putting the pieces together
My biggest distraction from sermon writing is Tetris. There. I said it. It's not Facebook (although that's bad). It's not even knitting (which I love). It's Tetris, because I play these one-on-one battle games that are only two minutes. Or at least "only" is what I tell myself. It's only two minutes if you only play one game. I can't seem to play just one. There's something completely addictive for me about trying to make those little permutations on the four square polygon all fit together in nice even lines. It's a problem. Seriously.
However, I'm hoping my Tetris skills will somehow come in handy this week. It feels like there are a lot of pieces to put together in one sermon. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. For some of us stewardship season is in full swing. For others there are transitions into and out of calls taking place. For the US contingency there are there election and storm on the East Coast that may need to be addressed. Add to all the "usual" stuff of parish life and ministry and it may feel like we're twisting and turning the pieces around to see how they will build one cohesive sermon.
How are you working with all the different pieces that are facing your congregation this week? What will fit into the sermon and what will need to be addressed in other ways?
I hope you'll join the party in the comments. There's always good support here for the toughest sermon battles.
(My schedule has changed a bit for Saturday, and I probably won't be around to comment until the afternoon. Party on!)