Post-Sermon Reflection
2009-11-15 by David von Schlichten

Today I preached on the end of the world. I said that 2012 will probably not be the end but that, no matter when the end comes, we Christians have the assurance that God will give us eternal life and be with us through the disasters.

I also said that, in small ways, our worlds end all the time (death, divorce, etc.) but that God sends people and other blessings to help us rebuild.

The response to this sermon was highly positive. Many people said that the sermon was excellent and helpful.

How was your Sunday?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Sermon Feedback Sheet
2009-11-13 by David von Schlichten

 

How to Give the Pastor Feedback on the Sermon

A Guide for Parishioners

 

Most pastors are eager for feedback on their sermons. I sure am. Please let me know what works and what doesn’t.

 

Comments you can make at the door when shaking the pastor’s hand that the pastor would find helpful:

 

1.      Tell the pastor how a part of the sermon relates to a specific part of your life.

2.      Choose from one of the following descriptions:

 

Pastor, the sermon:

                                   

Made me happy

Made me think

 Reminded me of a time when _______

 Disturbed me

 Helped me to understand ______________

Inspired me to make a change in my life

Could have been better if you had done the following:________

 

3.      Tell the pastor if the sermon was great, good, okay, or not one his better ones, and explain why.           

 

4.      Comments that are less helpful are: “Nice sermon.” “Interesting sermon.” “Your sermons are always good, Pastor.”

 

 

Other Parts of the Service

 

1.      Was there a hymn you liked or disliked? Tell the pastor.

 

2.      How was the music in general?

 

3.      How were the prayers?

 

4.      Come up with specific comments.





Pastor Talk To Me About...
2009-11-12 by David Howell

Our wonderful lay people are having some good things to say.

Pastor Talk To Me About





Blessed Assurance
2009-11-11 by Bruce Hoffman

During our Lenten Series of services, our area churches used the hymns of Fanny Crosby as the theme. Each of the preachers was asked to select a Fanny Crosby hymn and a scripture that would relate to the hymn. I chose one the most familiar of Crosby’s many hymns, Blessed Assurance, and the scripture lesson from Hebrews 10:18-25. In verse 22 of this passage, the writer says, “let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” As the opening illustration for that sermon, I told the story of how Crosby wrote that hymn. The year was 1873. Fanny Crosby was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp at the same time the Knapp home in Brooklyn, New York was having a large pipe organ installed. The organ was not yet ready, so Knapp went over to the piano and played the new melody for the blind poet and hymn writer to hear. "What do you think the tune says?" asked Knapp. Without skipping a beat, Crosby answered, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.” And then Crosby went on to write the rest of the words to that beloved hymn, perhaps the most famous of the more than 8,000 hymns she wrote over her lifetime, which extended to nearly 95 years. When we hear the tune to this familiar hymn, obviously the words “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine” come to mind because we have long sung those words to that tune. But imagine hearing the tune for the first time, as Fanny Crosby did that day in the Knapp home. Imagine, as she must have done, connecting the melody line with the deep faith that she had in Jesus, in the blessed assurance of his salvation. Imagine, as she composed the words and thought about the blessed assurance she had received and would continue to receive from her Savior Jesus Christ.

 





Stephen Schuette; "Lectionary Homiletics" Highlight
2009-11-11 by David von Schlichten

Scroll down to read Stephen Schuette's reflection on his sermon this past Sunday. It is quite moving. Thank you, Stephen, for sharing a painful experience and how you responded to it.

"Theological Themes"

In Lectionary Homiletics, Luke Bouman writes that, rather than fixating on the logistics of the endtimes, a better way to respond to Mark's little apocalypse is to evaluate our priorities. Do we invest our worth and trust in buildings or Christ?

I don't know what I'm preaching on this Sunday. At the moment, I'm going through a bout of, "I'm a failure as a pastor, and I want to quit yesterday." Indeed, someday I will leave the ministry, at least parish ministry. I just don't have what it takes. I am working on a PhD in English; as soon as I can get a job teaching college, I will leave the parish.

Maybe there's a sermon in that. Perhaps I'm being torn down and rebuilt?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





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