Our pastor is going to be at camp with the kids this coming Sunday, and the designated presiding lay minister for the day has a scheduling conflict, so...yours truly is on deck for the sermon.
And -- woot! -- I drew a great Gospel text for the day: Jesus walks on the water.
I was so inspired that I pretty much composed my sermon in my head last night. And -- I'm so very tickled -- I am using as an illustration my very favorite television program, The Deadliest Catch. I'll tell ya -- I loathe the idea of projection screens in churches, but if I had one I'd play the show opening and theme song. (My contribution to audio-visual aids is requesting our organist to play "Eternal Father, Strong to Save"...which I suspect she was going to do anyway.)
Of course, this being August, with the older kids at camp and other families off on vacations, I'll be lucky to get 50 people in the pew. But that's okay.