Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Good News

Preaching to me is all about good news, or it should be. If I haven't heard some good news about what God has done, is doing, or will do, it's not a sermon. It may be a nice talk or a good speech, or something, but it's not a sermon. It's not proclamation.

And, I believe that the good news of God transcends many things and comes to us in many ways. But the coolest thing recently is that I heard a sermon that transcended even language!

I took four years of high school German and one year in college. That was about 10 years ago, but I had a chance to go to a German Christmas service and hear my friend Jess preach in German. And I got it!! Okay, so I got enough of it from the German to know in my heart that it was good news. And then when I read it in English, that was confirmed.

And, I'm sure I'll steal (I mean borrow and share) some of the ideas for my Christmas Eve sermon.

Thank you, Jess!

(I'd make a link for you if I knew how!)


Jessica said...

So how did the Christmas Eve sermon go? :-)

Silent said...

I wish I could say it was the best sermon ever, but that would be a lie. However, I do believe that it was good news and I do believe that at least some people heard it. I received a few seemingly heartfelt compliments. One of the neat things was when I mentioned that we sometimes carry burdens even during this happy time. When I mentioned disease, I happened to make eye contact with a woman wearing a hat because her hair is gone as a response to aggressive chemo and when I mentioned broken relationships I caught the eye of a woman who currently has a restraining order out on her soon-to-be-ex. I couldn't have planned to do that, but it helped cement that I needed to talk about our burdens. (I'm glad that was at the earliest service!)