I've had a great time preaching each Sunday this Summer. I've learned a lot about myself and my preaching style, but I've been getting really excited for the chance to preach every Sunday in the same place. It's pretty stressful to learn a new routine every week. Each church has different deadlines and different ideas of how much a service should be rehearsed beforehand, and, to be completely honest, I hope my days as a "traveling" preacher are over soon and I'll have an office with a hymnal in it so I don't have to drive down to First Church in Oberlin in order to choose hymns.
Well, this Sunday is the last Sunday that I have booked this Summer. I'm so looking forward to just showing up at church and worshiping on a Sunday morning for a little while. I will not take it for granted. Anyway, all week I've been thinking about how much I love preaching, and I've had this hymn stuck in my head. I was going to just post it as a link on Facebook, but then my description of it kept getting longer and longer, so here it is-- as a blog entry.
"I love to tell the story of unseen things above-- of Jesus and his Glory, of Jesus and his Love. I love to tell the story because I know it's true. It's satisfy my longings, as nothing else can do."
I really do love it. I remember the words of my atheist college English professors, who said, "If you actually open the darn book [the Bible] you'll find that it's full of the craziest stories of all time." So, so true. The Christian story is a good one, and I'm excited to go on telling it for so many more years.