The Number 3 in preparing sermons, worship, Sunday School Lesson etc.
By: Carl Ellis On 2/16/2011
The “Number 3” in preparing sermons, worship, Sunday School Lesson etc.
When we prepare for Sunday’s worship, sermon, or Sunday school lesson we should:
1. Pray for God’s Guidance
2. Study the scripture
3. Make sure our worship, sermon, S. S. lessons
are “reader” based not “writer” based.
I know, for many, “number 3” does not make any sense. What does reader and writer based prose mean? Please read on as we explore and consider one area preachers, musicians, worship leaders, S.S. teachers and the whole church need to consider when writing and delivering sermons, developing and leading worship, choosing and playing hymns for the congregation, and preparing and teaching a Sunday school lesson.
Have you ever read a book that was really dumb, boring, and uninteresting? The author of such a book is usually described as writing “writer based prose.” He is writing for himself not for the audience. The author is more interested in stringing multi-syllable words and impressing everyone with his or her knowledge than making sure the readers gets the story/message. On the other hand, when we read a book that is bright, exciting, and interesting the author’s writing is described as “reader based prose.” The author wants to make sure that the reader “get’s it,” whatever “it” is.
I wonder if we who write sermons, develop worship, choose hymns, and prepare Sunday school lessons need to consider our audience. Just as most people will not continue reading a book that is dull they will not sit though a worship service, sermon, music or SS lessons that are dull. And if the only person who gets the sermon is the pastor, or the music the organist, or the prayers the worship leaders, or the Sunday school lesson the teacher, then many people will stop coming to church because they are not being fed the Word of God in ways that help them develop as disciples of Jesus.
Most churches that are growing have worship and Christian education teams that develop the worship service and educational resource selections. The teams are made up of different groups within the congregation. They make sure that the worship service and Sunday school meets the needs of the whole congregation. One voice is not give preferential treatment over another and at the same time they realize that meeting every persons needs all the time is not realistic.
Pastors, teachers, and musicians in the small and medium size churches can develop a worship and education teams that meet monthly or quarterly to help develop worship and select educational material that meet the needs of the congregation. This is not a time saver for the pastor, musicians, worship leaders, or Sunday school teachers. Preparing and delivering quality sermons, worship, music, Sunday school lessons takes prayer, study, and group time. However, in the end with God’s help we will see disciples being born, disciples growing, and our lives growing in Christ.
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