Well, it’s been almost two months since I began ministry with you all at Northminster. I am slowly learning names, getting a feel for the church’s programs and ministry, and determining an office arrangement that feels comfortable for me. Which means that I am still moving furniture and discovering files in the boxes that accompanied me from my last position.
The file folder crammed with assorted articles is intriguing. Most of the stuff I wonder what ever possessed me to save it. But I found a gem or two. Here is a short think piece that you might enjoy:
Several years ago, The British Weekly published the following letter questioning the effectiveness of sermons.
It seems ministers feel their sermons are very important and spend a great deal of time preparing them. I have been attending church quite regularly for 30 years and I have probably heard 3,000 sermons. To my consternation, I discovered I cannot remember a single sermon. I wonder if a minister’s time might be more profitably spent on something else?"
For the next few weeks that publication received a flood of responding letters containing a variety of opinions. The last one that was printed by the paper was most provocative.
I have been married for 30 years. During that time I have eaten 32,850 meals -- mostly my wife’s cooking. Suddenly I have discovered I cannot remember the menu of a single meal. And yet . . . I have the distinct impression that without them, I would have starved to death long ago."
It seems we all need to maintain a regular diet in order to nourish both our bodies and our spirits.
Well, I hope that your summer has been enjoyable. And that you are maintaining a regular diet. See you in worship!
Neeta R. Nichols
Northminster Presbyterian Church
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