I write this from my hotel room in Atlanta. I flew up here to day to attend the Marcy Preaching Fellowship. MPF is a week long preaching school for ordained clergy from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is open to 6 pastors each year and a scholarship is made available for all participants. I had initially applied for this course back in march and was turned down. It would appear that they kept me as reserve though and a place opened up for me, quite unexpectedly.
So here I am.
I preached this morning, presided at Holy Communion and now here I am, ready to start this thing in the morning. I will likely get to reflect a little more as the week progresses. But right now I am happy with the group that has arrived to complete this journey with me. I am nervous to because we have each been asked to upload a sermon on to DVD for presentation to the group tomorrow. I have watched mine a couple of times and it is not to bad – for me. I can hear myself and my accent and I can recognize my little preaching idiosyncrasies. I am sure they will be pointed out to me as the week goes on!
Right now though, it is time for a night’s rest and to get up and get going in the morning.
I am interested to see what the week holds and I pray that it is a formative time for us all who have made the journey to get here.