Preach Magazine Issue 1 - Creativity and innovation in preaching - Page 39

FEATURE 39 aching Fresh SUNDAY MORNING The Sunday morning service comes and goes – maybe there were a few sleepers. And the older people gave you that, ‘I’m looking at you to be polite but I’m gone’ look. But there’s no looking back now. You close with a final hymn, and breathe a sigh of relief. At least it’s over – at least it’s above reproach. At least it was correct. You stand at the back of the church, greeting people. They thank you politely. All of them, of course, but Betty. Betty is an old saint – wise, but direct. She ambles up after the line has died down, and clutches your extended hand with soft, wrinkled grace: ‘Thanks, Pastor,’ she says, smiling. ‘It was a wonderful message.’ You nod, thank her, and begin to walk away. ‘Just one thing,’ she says. ‘Of course,’ you say, forcing a smile. ‘You gave the same message last week.’ ‘I’m sorry?’ you say, feigning kindness. ‘Those illustrations and applications were beautiful the first time you preached them, Pastor. No need to tarnish a good thing.’ ‘Betty, I think…’ She stops you, and clasps your hand gently with both of hers. ‘Check your notes, Pastor,’ she says. ‘I think you need to freshen things up a bit.’ You smile, and assure her you’ll take her advice. LWPT8173 - Preach Magazine - Issue 1 v3.indd 39 17/10/2014 12:54:06