Bless the person who invented the pillow…
It’s a good kind of gnaw-off-your-arm exhausted. Really.
I know many pastors who hold two services on Sunday mornings. Many congregations, due to simple architecture constraints, require two services a week. You may not realize this, but preaching and presiding over one worship service exhausts a man. Two? I’m glad I’m in a smaller congregation.
Oh. That doesn’t help. Not anymore.
Enter: The genius pastor. I’m now conducting two worship services a week.
In the morning, we hold our traditional worship. The old faithful enter the sanctuary, and we open with a song of worship, invoke our triune God, confess our sins, hear the proclamation of forgiveness, and move on to a song of praise. My sermons hover around twenty minutes. The sermon consists of a long speech explaining Scripture and proclaiming its truths, particularly law and gospel. Following the conclusion of worship, we gather for “fellowship” (in this case, a fancy word for coffee and yakking) and Bible study. By noon, the church building usually stands abandoned. I go home and collapse.
I love my people. I love proclaiming the Word. It takes a lot out of me, though. I know I’m not the only pastor that enjoys afternoon naps.
But then, my brilliant idea: A worship service designed for more discussion, more give-and-take, available for more shaping as we explore and discover God’s Word together. In short, I’m starting a new congregation aimed at a new audience. We meet Sunday evenings. (more…)