I didn’t get to record last weekend’s sermon. So, I grabbed a video from our church’s Facebook group. We do a live feed to our group every week. It’s been a great way for us to connect our congregation.
Several years ago, I heard about a preacher that prepared for his sermon in a unique way. One Sunday he was to preach on the Bread of Life text (John 6). He thought of a powerful way to help the sermon stick with his congregation. He had prepared for several church members to bring their bread machines to church earlier in the morning. Forgive me for not knowing how long bread takes to bake, but the group planned for their bread to be done by the time worship was done.
The result? People starting to get a smell during their worship. By the time the preacher began teaching about the Bread of Life, the smell of bread was unavoidable. Not in an intruding or overbearing way. Just enough to engage the senses. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh bread? The preacher didn’t say anything. He didn’t draw attention to the smell. He didn’t have to.
Do you think his congregation remembers that sermon?
I have a love/hate feeling about that idea. I love it because it’s great! You might say it’s a pure bread idea. I hate it because it’s been about 10 years since I first heard that idea and I have yet to try it. I’ve thought about it numerous times, but never got around to it.
Know the feeling?
Here’s the good thing about never getting around to something. You can get around to it now.
Watch this video from The Ellen Show. As you do, pretend Ellen is the preacher, the audience is the congregation, the set is a church, the show is Sunday morning worship and the guy is your first-time guest.
Is there anything we can learn?
And please realize, more and more, “church” is something that more and more people haven’t “done.”