My neighbor is going to be out of town next weekend. And he's the pastor of a small church that's not too far from my house.
Because going out of town on a weekend means that you're not in town on Sunday, he needs someone to fill in for him.
He asked me if I would do it. I said yes. I've never led a congregation in an entire worship service before. Heck, I've never done anything other than give the sermon and acolyte!
I'm terribly excited and terribly nervous at the same time. Doing the sermon is no problem. It's the rest of the service that'll be tricky! He's the sole pastor of the church, so I'll be the only one up there. And I've got to cue everybody from the ushers who take the offering to the mom who takes the little kids to 'Children's Church' in the middle of the service.
Did I mention that it's not a United Methodist (my tradition) church? Therefore, I won't know the order of service by heart.
And in this church's tradition, they do a 'Prayer of Confession' every Sunday. You know what happens after that? The 'Assurance of Pardon'. I get to assure these people that their sins are pardoned... that ought to be an interesting experience.
So, if you think about it anytime this week or on Sunday (or afterward for that matter; who says prayer can't work backwards in time?!) say a prayer for me.
I'll be sure to post a report!!