I have an assignment for our next retreat. I have to come up with a devotional for the beginning of the first day. (Hmmm...wonder if this had anything to do with my suggestion, on my last post-retreat feedback form, that people be given some guidance on creating and leading devotionals.)
As an almost-graduate who's been through the rotation of devotionals and table graces, I shouldn't be too terribly worried about this task. My classmates' interpretations of what consitutes a devotional have included everything from by-the-book Matins and Compline to interactive stuff to, in one case, a long personal testimony.
But...I just don't enjoy coming up with group devotionals. Frankly, I don't always get very much out of sitting there on the receiving end of them either. My inclination is to use the short-form Morning Prayer out of the Book of Common Prayer; it's much more eloquent and elegant than anything I can create, and it's short and to the point, so why re-invent the wheel? But I can't help but think that I'm expected to come up with something unique; something boffo.
One of the things I've learned in my year as regular Assisting Minister is that "boffo" rarely shows up on the average Sunday; it's generally "muddling through." So maybe I need to lower my self-expectations to my Sunday ones and just muddle through with something adequate to the task.