It's my first week back after being on the "conference circuit" for a couple of weeks. I've had two full weeks, including two Sundays, off for vacation and continuing education. However, even the vacation week was at a Presbyterian conference with my family. I've heard speakers and taken workshops. For two weeks there I had the opportunity to worship in some sort of community pretty much ever single day (Confessions of a Tired Summer Pastor #2: It was kind of too much.)
I know I'm not alone in having hit a conference or two this summer, so here's what I'm wondering as we come to the Preacher Party this weekend - - How do you get back in the saddle again? Do you have a "sure fire" way to preach that first sermon after you've been gone without totally stressing out? The first one back is often as hard as the last one before I leave for me, and THAT one is hard!
Anyway, the party is here, for those who are just back or those who are still working their way through the season. Join us in the comments so we can support each other in all our different lives.
(P.S. My house went on the market this week, and an open house got scheduled for Saturday right in the middle of the day. I have some cleaning up to do in the morning, but not too much. Yet, my internet is going to be spotty in the middle chunk of the day, so I apologize if I don't get to chime in well throughout the party. I'll be back in the evening!)