Summary of what I was saying and why:
The end of Senior High is always emotional. Camp is often a huge part of these kids’ lives and how they learn to be themselves. The priest who had been there for the week hadn’t left any lessons or instructions/requests for Saturday. So I think I took an unconscious note from Bishop Curry and preached on the craziest thing we can do.
Theology: Incarnational transformation
Jesus Count: low
Good News: We (can) carry our best selves into the world to transform the world.
What did I change on my feet?
The first reading that was read was not what I selected, so I had to do a bit of re-writing. (The other reading really didn’t work with this sermon.) Looking back I wish I’d interrupted and redirected the first reading.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I missed a line tying their crazy ideas into the crazy idea of carrying Camp into the world. Not essential but it would have helped tie things together better.
What did work?
The best part of the sermon was when parents started mentioning their crazy ideas. And it was just the right amount of interaction.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Lightcap, who has been preaching about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, is on Fear of The Lord. He takes a beautiful path to “And that reverence, that awe and wonder and astonishment and amazement –This is what we call the Fear of God.”
Priest Giroux wonders what Jesus might have said if he had kids.
Priest Baum tackles the hardest part of the Gospel and joins everyone in our lack of understanding.
Priest Arnold had one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard on prayer. Here’s a taste:
We must be careful about prayer, to build up a strong and resilient and deep understanding of prayer, because it is the key to our life as Christians. It is the lifeline that connects us to God, and so we must each be students and practitioners of the art of prayer.
Priest Pankey talks about the hard to read parts of the Bible. (Including some of my favorite stories about prophets!)
(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)