Monday, March 05, 2007
There is hope...
I've found out yesterday that I have been invited to preach a 'neutral pulpit' sermon for a church that is interested in me. The Association Minister for the area pulled off a minor miracle and found a church for me to preach at in just over a day, on a Sunday coming up soon. The covenantal relationship that UCC churches share with one another asks that when churches are searching for a new pastor, the other churches in the area sometimes make their pulpits available for the search committee to hear pastors preach in a 'neutral' pulpit...one where the pastor and committee are unknown. It's not the best system, but it works most of the time. I'll be preaching in a church smaller than the one interested in me, and in a rural rather than an urban setting, but it will be fine. I'm looking forward to it. The pastor of the church where I will be preaching is a gracious man, and was hoping for a Sunday off soon anyway. I am grateful. As part of the service, I'll be giving the first children's sermon I've given in over five years...unless you count my University students as large children!
Posted by James J. Olson at 11:10 PM