Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Upcoming challenge

I'll be preaching Sunday at MBC and I have two fairly minor but real concerns. One, this will be MBC's first experience with a woman in the pulpit, which is always a little scary. On the one hand, I just learned that the previous pastor didn't even allow women to be greeters, so that gives you a little history on this congregation. On the other hand, there was applause on Sunday when C announced that I would be filling the pulpit next week, so that was beyond encouraging. We've come a long way since the days that men would stand and turn their backs in protest--something that many women who blazed this trail have experienced. My other minor concern is that I haven't preached in a little over a year. I have done a lot of speaking, teaching, workshop leadership, etc. but preaching is a little different and comes from a different place. So, please pray for me this week as I prepare (I'm using the life of Mary, mother of Jesus as my launching pad) and on Sunday, too, please.

4 comments:

Electric Monk said...

If there's one thing I truly miss, it's hearing your AWESOME sermons on Mother's Day. MBC doesn't know the blessing they're in for! And besides, any dude who isn't open-minded enough to learn from you doesn't deserve to be taught by you.

PMcD said...

I will be praying for you!!! Wish I could be there to hear! I miss you!

Julie said...

Being Catholic means I will NEVER hear a woman give a sermon at mass. To me that is such a waste. It's unfair to everyone, men included, to only hear a males point of view. I will pray for you and I would love to hear you preach. You have so much insight. Maybe you can put the text of your sermon on this site for all of us to enjoy.

Prayerfully, Julie

T said...

Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement. If it goes well, I'll put a link on the blog to the church website and you can listen. If it doesn't go well . . . never mind!