Hi friends! We finished up our sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount this week with a beautiful Thanksgiving worship service, which included a baptism and a beautiful cornucopia on the altar. I used my sermon not only as an opportunity to talk about this text, but also to wrap-up what we talked about this fall.
Preacher friends, this was a great series! There are one or two things I would tweak in terms of the schedule, but I thought 12 weeks was a good amount of time to get through it. Did we touch on everything? No - but you never will! But if we had broken it down into a longer amount of time, I think it would have been too long. Feel free to reach out by email or social media if you'd like me to send you our schedule and any more information.
I took a week off from preaching, but not from our sermon series. Last week the passage in the Sermon on the Mount was the "ask, seek, knock" and "the golden rule" - which was not at all planned, but timed perfectly with our annual Homeless Awareness Weekend. It was always our tradition to have one or two kids stand up and share their experiences, but last year I actually made every single one of our participants stand up and share something that they had prepared either the night before or that morning. They did SO well that we did it again this year and I opted not to preach at all. There definitely is a part of me that doesn't like to "give up" my sermon time, but honestly - it was necessary this year. The reflections were SO GOOD and said a thousand things that I never could have. The adults were reflecting on what the kids said all week - I told the confirmands on Sunday this week that they should be proud.
So here we are - one wee away from finishing this sermon series! I have always loved the end of the sermon on the mount, because you can tell Jesus is getting excited to finish talking so they can hit the ground running. The funny thing is that even though I didn't preach last week, I kind of got my reflections on Homeless Awareness in this weekend! I guess it's hard for me to actually let it go completely - ha!
We are coming off an amazing bazaar weekend at the church. We raised $17,000! When I first started in Rehoboth, we would typically raise $10,000-$12,000 and that number has slowly been rising over the past few years. Last year we came really close to breaking $15,000, so this was incredible! And honestly - more than that, it was just fun. Everyone was smiling, no one person was doing all of the work, everyone was pitching in wherever they were needed and, as a cherry on top, the weather was perfect! It was so much fun.
My sermon this week is short because we had an extended time of announcements for Homeless Awareness Weekend, it was All Saints Sunday, Communion Sunday and we welcomed new members at the end of worship. And church still went until 11:20! Thankfully no one was complaining.