While a few people have asked me how my first sermon went on Sunday night so I figured I’d just share my thoughts with all of you. In short, I thought it went well.
The text for message was from John 13:1-12a where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples during the Last Supper. In particular, I focused on Peter’s reluctance to be a gracious recipient of that act. I’m still trying to see if there’s a way that I can post an video or audio file of it here but I have yet to figure that out.
I was able to watch a recording of it tonight and even though watching and listening to yourself is a painful exercise, I must say I don’t think it was too bad for a first try.
I received many good compliments afterward and yesterday I was able to have a debriefing session about it with my vocational mentor who was also very complementary. He gave a few helpful suggestions and generally, we both felt very good about it.
I was slightly nervous at the very beginning of the service but a few sentences in, I found my groove and it was smooth sailing from there on out. I had sort of planned on getting nervous once I got to the sermon portion of the service, but that didn’t really happen. It all just seemed to flow just very naturally and seemed very effortless to me. And the comments afterwards from those that were there was very affirming as well.
So I’m thankful to God for getting me this far and I’m looking forward to doing more preaching. I really feel like the Spirit of the Lord was with me on Sunday night. Thanks to all of you for your support thus far.
I’ll be preaching next at Grant Reformed Church in Grant, MI on July 5th.