Summary of what I was saying and why:
Alumni Camp brings people back who were Camp 10 to 40 years ago. They tell old stories and catch up. Much like today’s campers they often mention how significant Camp was for their life and faith. How they felt the warmth of God’s love and caught fire here. How hard it is not being here.
Good News:the fire of God’s. love doesn’t go out
What did I change on my feet?
I had jotted down a few fragments of ideas before preaching. There were several that didn’t make it into the sermon but it wasn’t a change so much as extemporaneous editing.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I felt that I skirted around “You are the fire of God in the world.”
What did work?
I loved pulling in Moses and the burning bush.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Arnold reframed burning and changing: If you run the race that is set before you, your legs will burn and your lungs will burn, but you will cross the finish line. If you allow his love into your life, it will change you, and the transformation might be painful for a while.
Priest Witt considers Jesus and stress.
If nothing else I’ve loved the imagery in sermons this week.