Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thou cannot live on snacks alone

In the worship service this morning with approximately 70 people present, we did this:

  • announcements
  • Advent candle lighting
  • sang opening introit
  • responsive Call to Worship
  • invocation
  • sang "The First Noel" -- all six verses
  • prayer of confession
  • responsive reading
  • tithes and offering
  • doxology and prayer
  • children played their "handbells"
  • children's lesson
  • special solo, "O, Holy Night"
  • pastoral prayer and Lord's prayer
  • sang "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks"
  • read Scripture, the short Psalm 126
  • listened to the sermon; it was exactly 7 minutes long
  • sang "Away in a Manger"
  • had the benediction
Now all this seems like a lot of "things." Many do not take long, like the doxology. One would expect the longest activity to be the sermon. Unfortunately, it was, as it usually is, the shortest. Today, it was 7 minutes long. There have been times when the reading of the Scripture lasts longer than the sermon. No kidding.

The worship service started at 11 a.m. We walked out at 11:45.

A snack is a welcome refreshment, but one cannot live and grow on snacks alone. The sermons for the past two years have been snacks lasting from 5-7 minutes. I did time one at 9 minutes one time.

I need a meal. A good, hearty meal. Regularly.

We are weighing our options. Actually, I've already weighed, measured, and decided. I'm just trying to be patient as a helpmeet. It is not easy.

1 comment:

magistramater said...

This is difficult. Praying for wisdom in your decision making.