If they ask you to preach… do it.
Earlier this month I was asked by my Senior Pastor, Patrick Patterson, to lead the Wednesday night worship service in his absence. “Um…” I said, “Sure.” I was reluctant, but knowing I wouldn’t have to lead communion (because, you know… that would be just TOO much) I thought I’d go for it. I’m no stranger to church, obviously. But even though I’ve been through it week in and week out, I was seriously hesitant to lead a service. Mostly, preaching the sermon…
I had ZERO experience preaching and knowing that I’m a seriously strange person who often rambles and makes up words as I go, I was pretty sure that people would laugh at me. Well, not laugh. People would have been polite and said, “Good job,” as they rolled their eyes and walked out of the church. But that actually didn’t happen.
Since that day I’ve heard several comments, MANY good ones about the service. I woke up the next morning with very sincere, wonderful facebook messages, emails and texts and I was so appreciative that people took time out of their day to let me know how they felt about the message. I also heard a few comments about how I didn’t have the right (education, authority, whatever) to preach the sermon. Of course those people have every right to hold that opinion and I am by no means offended. However, it was those comments that spurred me to write this post.
If they ask you preach… do it. Whether you are educated, eloquent, or a new Christian. We all have a story to tell. And it is so important to share it. Our Christianity is MEANT to be shared with everyone and everywhere! Jesus gives us these stories for reason, and by golly, I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to share it with so many.
So.. what is YOUR story?
If you’d like to view my awkwardness, you can check it out here- will bring you right to the beginning of the sermon.
P.S. Yes, my accent is horrible. kthanks.