The reason I write about this is for those of you who would feel this isn't right (skipping sermon time to honor people). Let me tell you why I think it is very right:
- The sermon isn't the centerpiece of Sunday morning. Jesus is.
- It tests leaders like myself to learn to yield when we really don't prefer to in the beginning. This is very good for us to experience.
- The breaking of norm-form is good to cause worshippers to maintain a freshness in spirit rather than a dullness of routine.
- The process signals with firm attention how important various groups in our church family are.
- Such a move is good for those who feel this isn't according to the Bible. It requires them to find a church service in the Bible which reveals the pattern they/we think God enacted.
Now, "sit down and be still" is never an act I relish. I would rather keep moving. But days like what we anticipate tomorrow are clearly one of the reasons Memorial is alive. God moves in many facets. There will be those who prefer the sermon. It will be good for them to miss it. Others will be wishing we honored babies weekly to keep from hearing me.