Friday, August 14, 2009

Pulpit Fantasy

I doubt there are many clergy who have not, at one time or another, fantasized about doing something like this from the pulpit:


plsdeacon said...

The "best" Easter sermon I've heard of (and it is one of those sermons that, if it wasn't preached, it should have been) consisted of the following:

"Those of you who have kept a holy Lent by fasting, self-denial, and self-examination; don't need an Easter sermon. You know what today is about!. Those of you who haven't, don't deserve one."

I don't know if I would ever have the gall to preach something like that, but I must admit that I've been tempted! (Not that I will ever preach on Easter day).

Phil Snyder

BillyD said...

The best sermon I ever heard (or at least the most memorable) went like this:

"Good morning. As you know, last night we lost an hour because of Daylight Savings Time. I don't know what hour you lost, but for me it was the hour that I write my Sunday sermon. Now, unto God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, be all honor..."

Yes, I know that sermons take more than an hour to write; I assume that this was just an excuse not to write one.

Bryan Owen said...

Phil, I can certainly understand the reasons why a preacher might want to offer such an Easter homily. Which makes all the more striking one of the most famous Easter homilies of all time - that of St. John Chrysostom.

BillyD, I once heard that a clergy colleague's sermon on Easter Day amounted to this: he stood up after the Gospel reading and said, "It's all true." After a pause, the liturgy continued with the Nicene Creed.