You may remember from my 2006 post that our church has special services that are led by the middle and high schoolers of the church. I have been involved with these services as they changed over the years and my role in them has similarly changed. I eventually gave up trying to race up and down the stairs so that I could help Dad in the tech booth between singing and was eventually given the task of leading the hymns by myself. Last year it seemed like I was singing for practically the entire service what with at least two hymns and two praise songs, the offeratory, and the closing song. I have never had a speaking role before, because I was so busy singing, but this year all that changed. Amber ended up leading the hymns and I didn’t have to sing any of the songs. This is because I delivered the sermon.
Due to our transition to a new senior pastor, the Stewardship season was pushed back and extended from what it normally is, so it slightly interfered with our normally scheduled Youth Sunday service. We also tried to keep more loyal to our regular services at each time, 8:15 classic, 9:30 praise, and 11:00 blended services, by including more and less hymns for the first two services respectively.
I also got to preach my sermon (Generosity) on the Thursday prior to the youth run service as practice, though our new pastor usually does a different sermon on Thursday than on Sunday. I suppose my sermons were different too, mostly because I messed up differently each time. Grandma and Grandpa made it in time for the last service after they went to the early service at their church.
Mom and Dad videotaped so we have all four versions of the sermon, including versions from the tech booth upstairs for the Sunday versions, plus one video from church and an audio recording. To hear it for yourself, click here. If you’d rather read it, click here.