I honestly had fun preaching yesterday -- even though (like many of you, I suspect), it didn't come together entirely until about 6:00 in the morning. And unbeknownst to me our organist came up with just the right combination of hymns to touch on the same points I was making...I love that sense of synergy.
And -- remarkably -- my nascent food-share plan made a huge hit with the congregation; as I explained my idea during the announcements, you could almost see lightbulbs going off in people's heads. One of our newer members cornered me after the service, a huge smile on her face, and said, "I have got to talk to you." Turns out she's another one of those people who feels sorry for orphaned vegetable starts in late-spring nurseries; she has over 40 tomato plants and pepper plants she rescued from garden-department oblivion this year, and is rarin' to both give her surplus away and organize a canning/freezing bee. Wow.
Our pastor is at confirmation camp next Sunday, so I'm preaching again. And...the designated AM has a family commitment, so I will be literally ministering "the full meal deal" for the first time. (For those of you outside the ELCA, or at least my synod, we lay ministers can receive a special, case-by-case dispensation from the bishop's office to celebrate the Eucharist.)
Nervous? A little. But just a little. Now.