I have a pretty deep sermon well. Thanks be to God for six years of solo ministry and six years of pulpit supply (that motivated organizing the sermons from those first six years). I have been very grateful for this well the past month of adjusting to this new ministry. It has been far easier to EDIT old sermons than to start fresh.
Well, it’s a new month. And I’m attempting to write a brand new sermon for the first time in awhile. I used to have this process down to a science. Study on Monday… set it aside, mentally let it simmer… Write on Thursday…. set it aside… Polish and practice on Saturday. Well… I had a busy Monday planned this week (as with every other week thus far) so I opted for starting my study last week and putting in a good chunk of study time on Saturday. I did a touch more study on Monday. And then arrived at focus (what do i want the sermon to say) and function (what do I want the sermon to do) statements yesterday.
And for the most part I set it aside today (though I was trying to find film clips because I will preach this sermon first in the emergent service and want to make this a multi-media experience… think I need a sermon manuscript before I can really figure out how to make it more multi-media/multi-sensory…) and I have a feeling now that I remember well from before…
I’m running out of steam. It’s been an exhausting week already. And it is really hard to imagine a sermon coming out of me tomorrow (especially with a meeting on my docket first thing…) But I have done faithful study. I have arrived at a clear focus and fairly clear function. And when I sit down with a not-quite blank page at some point tomorrow, by God’s grace, a sermon will emerge. It always does. No matter how it feels on Wednesday.