This is a follow-on from yesterday’s post about the busy-ness of Christmas. One of the impacts on Ministers of the many different events is that we have to come up with something to say at them all, and I feel compelled to prepare something different for each one. This is not just because there is the possibility of someone turning up to more than one event and hearing the same talk. It is principally because I believe that there are different things to be said on these different occasions and trust that God will point me in the right direction to say the things that those listening need to hear.
But there is such a variety! A ladies’ meeting this afternoon (who presumably do ladies’ things). An all age nativity service on Sunday morning. A Christingle Service the following week. Our Carols by Candlelight Service on 19th in the evening (6.30 if you are interested in coming). A Christmas Vigil. Christmas Day Celebration. Boxing Day service. And the one I am most nervous about… Thought for the Day on Radio Essex on Sunday 12th.
The reason I am nervous is not because it is live radio. That does not phase me. It is because in all of the other events I have some idea about who may be there and it is a bit easier to discern what God may want to say to them through me. I have no idea at all who may be listening to BBC Radio Essex at 8 am on Sunday morning. Some may be members of my church (so I can’t reheat something old). Some may be churchgoers getting ready for the day. Some may not be interested in church at all but have the radio on in the background. It is such a diverse group of people.
The thought that is keeping me sane about this is that I do not have to worry about saying something that is relevant to everyone. That is God’s job, and what he does through his Spirit in the lives of each of the listeners. So long as I have heard him and prepared properly he will do the rest.
I asked a few people to pray about the preparation for this and one of them suggested that this may be the start of a national media career. NO WAY!! I have seen the Vicar of Dibley episode where the Vicar gets so focused on her media career that she neglects her people. Please God let me never be distracted by anything to the detriment of those whom you have called me to serve.
This is a good use of radio! (follow the link to youtube)
*woofers and tweeters are different sorts of speaker. Geddit?