A week from Sunday Yours Truly will be preaching at one of the churches in our presbytery. The pastor who asked me to come wants me to talk about our presbytery's vision statement: Growing congregations that passionately engage their communities in making disciples.
I've never preached before, though I have often served as a lay leader. (For my non-PresbyReaders, in the PCUSA both elders and pastors can preach in worship.) Although I am comfortable speaking in public, when I teach adult Sunday School classes I use an interactive, Socratic style rather than a lecture. It will be a challenge to come up with a 15 to 20 minute sermon that doesn't sound like an attorney's closing statement!
If I hadn't been asked to preach on this specific subject, I would have followed the lectionary and used one of those texts as the theme of the sermon. But that's not an option, so I have to come up with the scriptures. And the hymns. And some other liturgical stuff. But I don't have the go-byes that pastors have, so I'll be all over the 'net looking for appropriate calls to worship, benedictions, charges etc.This is sure to deepen my appreciation for you pastors who do this every week. And I'll get to join the Saturday Preachers' Party at RevGals, not as a lurker, but as Preacher For A Day!