writing and delivering the sermon.

28 Aug

I don’t usually use this space as a blog – a place to share my thoughts and perspectives in a format that is longer than a tweet or facebook post allows.  But I have been thinking a lot about my sermon writing process, and how to remove barriers for folks who want access to the sermon.

Prior to the start of this year, I was posting the text of my sermons.  Since I wrote them all out in advance and used them as a script on Sunday mornings, this was easy.  But this winter, I came out from behind the pulpit and started using notes instead of a full script.  Sometimes the notes are very fleshed out, sometimes not so much.  I started including the audio more regularly.

I know a few of you listen to the audio, so I don’t want to get rid of it. Plus it captures the experience of being in worship to a degree better than a written script.

At the same time, however, I am feeling the lack of having a written sermon that I can easily share with others.

So this week, I did something a bit different.  I wrote the sermon out as if it were a script, and then stripped it to an outline and delivered it extemporaneously.  It seemed to work well, so I will be posting the full sermon in script and in audio later this week.

I can see how this will further change/refine my writing process.  Rather than waiting to write my sermon on Friday or Saturday, I am going to try to write it on Tuesday or Wednesday so that I have time to integrate it even more.

I am a have-my-cake-and-eat-it-too kind of person.  You will have to let me know what you think about the results!

One Response to “writing and delivering the sermon.”

  1. Claudia Runge August 28, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Good idea. I hope this works out. I think that I will like having a full script to read on those Sundays I’m not able to attend.

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