I promised an update on the service I conducted (I don't even know if that's the right word) last Sunday, so I figured I'd stick by my word and do it.
It was a great experience... I've given the sermon several times before -- in my home church, for the conference youth, at the Annual Conferencemeeting -- but I had never done the service in addition to that.
I think the most difficult part about it was trying to have multiple thoughts in my head at once and keep them all straight. Since I wasn't used to the order of service, I had to be actively doing and saying one thing while thinking about and preparing for another! It kept me on my proverbial toes!!
The thing that struck me about the whole experience was that I was very keenly and gladly aware of the fact that I was no more special than any other person in the room. It was that great sense of community I feel when I preach, but in a deeper way.
The service itself was very short. And I do mean very short; I elected not to do a children's sermon, and I only read the Gospel lesson, so that shaved quite a bit of time off an already short service. I don't think the people minded at all though...
So that's the update. I'm sorry I'm not more in-depth about it. Things are crazy busy at the moment; I'm at Youth 2007 so I don't have much free time. I'm currently sitting behind stage waiting for our Southeastern Jurisdictional worship service to begin (I'm doing the opening prayer).
It's been a great time so far... I really enjoyed the workshop I went to yesterday entitled 'The God-hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling in the Post-modern Generation' led by Sarah Arthur..
I met Gavo Wednesday night, and JNorm last night. It was very cool to see them in person for the first time! It seemed crazy that I've known them for so long -- Gavin and I even talk on IM -- but hadn't met them in person until now!
Well, the service is about to start and I gotta run. I'm sorry for the scattered roughness of this post. But I figure you all will love me anyway!