As some of you know, I occasionally fill in the pulpit for my church when the pastor’s away. For the last four or five years I’ve also filled the pulpit in a small church in a nearby town when their pastor1 takes vacation. I did this back around Memorial Day, and I was asked to do it again this weekend.
Well, it’s interesting filling in for pastors, and it’s even more challenging when the pastor decides that he’s not going on vacation after all. Which is what I found out Wednesday night.
It’s not that I feel I have to impress him. It’s not that I feel that I’m a heretic. It’s just that there’s added pressure of preaching in front of a guy that I’ve never heard preach, and I’ve never read his doctrinal statement.
So, pray for me this Sunday as I go down and speak in this church and meet their new pastor, and that I would have wisdom about whether to recycle, or whether God has a different message, especially for them, that He’d like me to deliver.
And if my head cold could go away before then…
- They’re now on their third pastor since I’ve started doing this, so I’ve outlasted them!
- Don’t look at me like that. This is something that many fill-in preachers do!