As a solo pastor, I can sometimes get bogged down by details… There are so many little things that need to be done to make a Christmas Eve worship service come together. For the 5:00 service, we have a bunch of kids who all have to be in the right places, video backgrounds, lights, microphones, etc. all have to work. At 7:00, the candles have to be handed out. We have to make three bulletins (one for Christmas morning, which is a Sunday). Information cards and church information to hand out. The list goes on an on.
Preaching the Good News of Christmas starts to feel like an afterthought. But it should be my first thought, if not my only thought at this time of year.
My aunt, Arlene Durrett, took this nice picture of me preaching at my re-installation service in August (changing from a two-year “designated pastor” to an “installed pastor” who can stay indefinitely). I’m even wearing the seldom-seem robe. You can see the joy of preaching the Good News on my face.
That’s what it’s all about. This is my job as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. It’s what I trained for. I can remember feeling that “this is what I was born to do” after sharing an experience of God’s amazing love in a seminary chapel worship service…
I pray that the Lord will help me to recapture that joy and to share it with a hurting world this Saturday night as we celebrate the night when God stepped out of the heavens and into the arms of a young girl, bringing light to all people.
I also pray that you may have a fresh experience of the “wonders of His love” this Christmas.