Back in the 1990’s, I started a tradition of preaching a sermon the Sunday after Easter that I would simply call the “Unforgettable Message.” This may not necessarily be the best message you have ever heard but rather a presentation of an element that is memorable. I usually vary my preaching style a bit and, in some years, get totally “out of the box.”
The context of this year’s sermon is unforgettable times. We are living in days that are monumentally historical. This era of social distancing and quarantine-like lock downs will be long remembered. How can we connect better right now? This will be one of my hopes for the sermon on Sunday. What is the sermon about? You will have to tune in on livestream this week to find out.
If you are curious, here are some clues.
- It will not involve memorization like the Sermon on the Mount or the Gospel of Mark.
- One segment will be called “Stump the Preacher” where you name an animal, vegetable, or mineral that cannot be used in a sermon.
- It will not be a monologue.
- The sermon will be interactive. You will have a chance to participate if you would like.
- It will not involve a costume.
- It will engage people within the current COVID-19 context.
- It will reveal what stand-up comics do that pastors seldom do.
- There will be teachings from the Bible in the message.
One of the reasons I started preaching an annual unforgettable sermon was to continue to proclaim the Easter message “He is risen” yet again the Sunday after Easter. Resurrection is a year-round theme and not confined to one day. Hopefully, the unforgettable message has contributed to expanding and changing our thinking about the Sunday after Easter.
This Sunday, April 19, I will be presenting “An Unforgettable Message.” I hope you will tune into Livestream at 8, 9:30, 11, or 11:07am. The overall content will be kept quiet in order to have an element of surprise. In preparation, I would simply ask for your prayers and plans to engage when asked.