Date: December 12, 2010
Liturgical Sunday: Advent 3
Sermon Title: Joy
Knox Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/101212_-_Knox.mp3|titles=Joy]
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/101212_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=Joy]
December 7, 2010 This is brand new country for me. I am putting up this much of the service stuff, i.e. Lectionary texts and sermon title, on Tuesday. I thought I’d give it a go to see if there was any input on the basis of the texts or the sermon title before I get to Sunday’s services. If any of you out there would like to see something covered in particular, or if the texts speak to you in regard to joy in any way, I’d love to hear it. It is a small thing but if you would like to see the hymns that will be sung around these texts please click this link, https://sites.google.com/a/holtslander.com/knoxstmarks/home. By the way, I am not planning/hoping/depending on any pre-Sunday input, but seeing as [for the first time maybe ever] I am thinking this far in advance I thought I’d throw the possibility out there.
As I have mentioned to many of you personally, and mentioned in at least one previous post (at least so I hope), I have stopped preaching from a manuscript. I have also dispensed most weeks with any sort of notes. This is not crass hubris but, is rather, a very conscious move into dependence on the Holy Spirit and eye contact to create the sermon as a “living thing” for the congregation I am looking at and is looking at me. I am very humbly aware that if the Holy Spirit shows up all I can provide for these wonderful people at Knox and St. Mark’s is cleverness and rhetorical tricks . . . I am exceedingly grateful that neither congregation is going to let me get away with either.