Friday, November 30, 2007

Should I be nervous?

Everyone keeps telling me not to be nervous about my first Sunday, etc. I'm not. Should I be? I suppose if I were fresh out of seminary without a lifetime of being a PK behind me, I might be, but my sermon is good, I've got a good liturgist helping out, I've been working in a church, even though not as a pastor, for the past three years-I feel good about everything at this point. Worship planning is one thing that just doesn't get to me. I actually enjoy that part.
I know that things will get crazier as we approach Christmas and my ordination, but I have L in preschool now, so I don't have to worry about her and that will give me some peace of mind. I even have some old sermons to draw on so I don't have to come up with all new ones. The church seems to already have all their Advent/Christmas events planned out. (Not to my liking, but that's another story and not something I can really change at this late date.)
I'll let you know how it goes!

1 comment:

more cows than people said...

i'm so glad you're not nervous. enjoy... every bit of it... i don't think i was nervous before my first sunday either. not too much. other parts of ministry were more nervous making than worship leadership for sure. in fact, i know i wasn't all that nervous because i took a road trip a day or so before to celebrate the birthday of k's great aunt. everyone was shocked that i was so relaxed, but hey... this is what we were called to do, right?

enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...

and as for having different opinions about advent and christmas than your congregation, i hear you on that. blessings as you try to open up new possibilities next year.

good idea to just ride it out for now.