For November, our song of the month is an old hymn updated with a new tune and some fresh lyrics.
This 1700s hymn was given a new tune and a few new lyrics in 2012 by Alex Crain. The recording below is from the first public recording at Ocean City Baptist Church in a service in which-which Jamie and I had the privilege of attending. Dr. D.A. Carson was the speaker for that service.
So we’re playing with audio recording of sermons and have been having some very patient folks continue to remind us to get them recorded. We haven’t been able to get them recorded from our soundbooth, but we did start doing it from my laptop on the platform which sits about 10 feet from the pulpit, hence the audio quality is pretty bad.
Anyway here’s the first one.
Monday mornings are tough for pastors and other ministry leaders. In the past some preacher’s have called it their “preaching hangover,” Spurgeon addressed it in the “Minister’s Fainting Fits.” It’s amazing how exhausting preaching can be. There’s not really a comparison; teaching or lecturing, while tiring, do not compare.
“If any man will preach as he should preach, his work will take more out of him than any other labor under heaven.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
I remember hearing someone compare every hour of preaching to 4-6 working hours due to the high demand and stress emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Even though, relatively speaking, I’m still the “new kid” to this gig, here are some things I’ve found helpful in shaking the Monday Morning Funk or your “preaching hangover.”
The minister’s shortcoming simply cannot be concealed. Even the most trivial soon get known…However trifling their offenses, these little things seem great to others, since everyone measures sin, not by the size of the offense, but by the standing of the sinner.
You may fancy that you have a ministering heart, but if you are not laboring for the gospel in the place where God has put you, and do not find yourself being inconvenienced by your commitment, you are deluding yourself.