Lord, what most needs to be said this morning? What is it that you want me to say? I’ve got a few clever stories, as you know, and I’ve worked hard on them so that people will laugh in all the right places. I’m pretty sure that what I have is an entertaining sermon.
But now I’m thinking that it isn’t enough, that it’s more about me than about you, just as it usually is. I’m thinking that there might be a person (or two) in the congregation who came not to say goodbye to me, not even to laugh at my humor, but to listen for a word from you.
I’m sorry to say that it’s too late to change what I’ve got. It’s all typed and printed. At this point I’m stuck with what I have. So, I ask you to take my modest, self-serving offering and transform it. Change it into something that actually sounds like the good news people are hoping to hear. Charge it with your Spirit too, I pray, so that it’s you they see, so that it’s your words they hear, so that their lives are changed.
I pray this, with gratitude for the opportunity you’ve given me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(Photo credit: Thanks, Michael Blank. Previous visitors to Switzerland may recognize that room as the lower level of the beautiful Fraumunster church in Zurich.)