It's been a busy busy week. I tried (to no avail) to quit my web job (bleh). I pitched the idea of the online Candler Exchange to the student body at the "State of the School" address. I still haven't received "permission" from the powers-that-be, but that's really par for the course. I have been visiting the older Adults, trying to organize the tape ministry into something that involves more than one person, talking to some of our men who need a meatier Bible study about starting one on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am (and thinking to myself "hmm... I'll just use the Monday night Ladies Bible study material -- there won't be any overlap -- recycling!), a 2 hour worship committee meeting, a 3 hour staff meeting, planning for our Friday night Film Fest, integrating the theme of "Spring Training" into all the programming areas of the church (Baseball movies for Friday night -- whoo hoo, what fun! (and is Lent suppposed to be "fun"?)), organizing a method of growing Christian Ed, planning for the new building, writing ordination papers, writing two papers for class and two sermons, a case study, a verbatim, choir practice, study for Christian Believer and Disciple, taking the girls to GS and karate, the 5th grader's "hobby" project, the 3rd grader's "Black American" project. Hmmm... I think that's all =o)
I need to write the Ash Wednesday Liturgy -- I don't remember who is preaching, I just hope it's not me! Two surgeries next week, another on the 9th. Lots left to do.
I am so glad we are iced in today -- but with electricity. Tomorrow, I hope we are iced in again, because I could use the rest. Church really does recharge my batteries -- and I don't have any responsibility in the morning except for the "Prayer of Dedication" for the offering and my Lectionary SS class -- by now I can do both of these with little prep. But there is also my Christian Believer class, I am fixing a pot of chili for the chili cookoff tomorrow at 6:00 pm and then Disciple I at 7:00. I could use a lazy Sunday at home. And the Senior Pastor is out of town next week for the National Pastor's something or another in San Diego. I will *never ever ever* commit to two long term, intense Bible studies on a Sunday again. Never ever. 12 weeks left to go.
And about the sermon this week -- thanks for the comments. It went well. I have some experience and know that I would be ok -- and I was dreading listening to the other's sermons in the class -- it can be so very painful. But it wasn't too bad. Mine wasn't the best (only second best -- ok, I have a few ego problems) but I thought I did very well -- so much of communication is non-verbal and I thought I did a good job with the intonation and rhythm. Good focus, good energy. The only thing I could improve upon would be adding a more personal illustration. Also, I *hate* being timed. A 4 minute sermon can be four minutes with one group, 2 minutes with another and 8 minutes with another. You have to read the group and adjust accordingly.
The other sermon I did was in another advanced preaching class -- smaller group. We were to "preach" a psalm with intonation, body language, inflection, facial expressions, gestures -- we were allowed to adjust the Psalm for beat and rhythm, but not change the words or meaning. We were allowed to have background music. I was assigned Psalm 137. It was interesting. The instructor tapes us and views the tape over and over again for vocal anomolies and what not. She is a professional actor with the Alliance Theatre and also has theological (seminary) training and even though it's excruciatingly painful, it's very useful.
I'm going to a workshop in March with Fred Craddock. It seems this is a semester for preaching.
What does it say about me that I overcommit? What is the theology to be found in being overwhelmed? What am I saying about my image of God in this? I love to be busy -- I'm a high energy person. When I'm moving, I'm moving. When I'm still, I'm very very still. I do both -- I need both. I have always been the "rabbit" in the "tortise and the hare" story. I don't know the bit about "slow and steady wins the race." I don't know if I can do that. Is that a bad thing?