The line at the top of my homepage read "72 new posts". It's been a day or two.
And being in a brainless mood, I read through them. This status update, from Rachel, a good friend from Oxford days, caught my eye:
Sermon, sermon, sermon... concentrate, concentrate, concentrate...It amused me. We've all felt like that! It was followed by a great comment from someone I don't know called Mark:
Sermon ... MERLIN .... Sermon .... STRICTLY COME DANCING .... Sermon .... CASUALY ..... Sermon ..... the BBC are deliberately making it hard for us. And of couse Satrurday is the only evening available for sermon prep!! I've tried concentrating, studying and even using the force...but on the upside, there's still 12 hours before we have to actually preach.I was so amused, I posted a reply:
I'm impressed by Mark. My version: 6.30pm: Oh God I have a sermon to think about... MERLIN... was there something I should be doing? STRICTLY... Feeling guilty... XFACTOR (on Sky+)... bed.Now. This was OBVIOUSLY a humorous comment. I mean, it didn't have a little drum kit cymbal sound effect going with it or a clown logo, but I would have thought that you'd have to be pretty brain dead not to get that there was a typical Facebook lightness of touch going on here.
6.30am: Oh God - I have a sermon to think about...
And if you didn't know, you might grant a person you didn't know the benefit of the doubt given the medium of the message. You'd think.
So, for the benefit of Dan C, another person I don't know, who then wrote:
Well concentrate then and stop looking at Facebook. Just remner how much they pay you, that'll helpI'll add 2 things.
First - I preached four times today, two different sermons, with countless hours preparation going into them. A bit of self-deprecation goes a long way, and is enjoyed by very many people, but hard work doesn't enjoy being belittled by ignorance.
Second - Father moaned over lunch that the sermon was too long. Mother nodded, and wished that Sunday School seemed a bit more - well - prepared. James (13) added that the guitarist was out of tune. All morning. Helen (6 and a half) said she didn't think it was at all bad for 50p.
And I think Guinevere is too good for that wimpy Arthur, Ricky Whittle was seriously undermarked, and the twins ARE annoying but not as bad as everyone says; Danni Minogue on the other hand...