There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing a sermon for services at First Trinity. Pastor does most of the work of writing the sermon, but there are several others involved as well. We have a worship planning team that meets regularly to plan out the sermon series topics we’ll use. One of the main things we focus on at this time of year is summer worship planning.
As the team talked about what to do this summer, we decided to try a little experiment. Starting June 28, we will try a slightly different style of preaching… We decided it wasn’t fair for Pastor to do all the heavy lifting, so you have a chance to help direct the sermon! We want to test out a more interactive style.
Here’s how it will work: We will shorten the length of the sermon a little bit. During the sermon, you’ll have an opportunity to submit questions via text or hand-written notes (we haven’t finalized the process yet) about the sermon topic to a “moderator”. The moderator will then ask Pastor the questions and he will answer. Our hope is that you will have a chance to ask some clarifying questions about the sermon topic and engage in a new way.
We’ll be trying the new style for 4 weeks. During the series, we’ll are focusing on different prayers from the Bible:
- Jehoshaphat‘s prayer in 2 Chronicles 20:5-13 — “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. (vs. 12)”
- Nehemiah‘s prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-11 — “… let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, …” (vs. 6)
- Hannah‘s prayer in 1 Samuel 1:10-18 — “She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. (vs. 10)
- Jonah‘s prayer in Jonah 2:1-10 — “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me… (vs. 2)”