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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Scenes Seen at the Pulpit
By Karen Wilber
11/16/07


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A head bows in reverence, while soft prayer rises toward heaven like incense.
Arms clad in Geneva-gowned black extend an invitation to sing a hymn.

Tears fall from brilliant eyes as a testimony shines forth.
One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!

Knees knock as legs tremble under the weight of a first sermon.
The congregation straining in silent prayer for God to bless this ministry.

A pierced youth with purple pointed mohawk reads from the Gospel of John.
Shocking those sitting in pews, as he is stunned by Jesus' perfect love.

Hands on a watch on the preacher's wrist;
Ignored as the sermon drifts on and on.

Joyous shouts of acclamation;
Punctuated by the pounding of fists on firm wood.

The storyteller reels the congregation in closer...
Then releases them! Driving the point home with laughter

One puts on a mask to conceal the pain.
One removes a mask to reveal the struggle.

Words go forth like seeds to the soil;
Some falling on rocky ground, some to freshly furrowed fields.

A call to repentance; A call to confession;
A call to acceptance; A life surrendered.

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Scripture reference: John 9:25b


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Laury Hubrich 11/23/07
Church has really changed since we were little as in this quote that I liked:
"A pierced youth with purple pointed mohawk reads from the Gospel of John.
Shocking those sitting in pews, as he is stunned by Jesus' perfect love."

It does the church good to be shocked once in a while:) Thank you for sharing!
Laury
Yvonne Blake 11/24/07
I've often wondered what the pastors sees, and if any distract him or spur him on. This almost has the feel of a poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/26/07
I enjoyed the variety of speakers you chose to be presenters at the pulpit. Well written.
Kristen Hester11/27/07
Great job. Such powerful, vivid images you present the reader with. I enjoyed this. Super!
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Wonderful writing! Your ending is powerful!
Jan Ackerson 11/27/07
I love this! So many great phrases and wonderful images, but my favorite is the punkish guy reading John. Perfect.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/27/07
Your images are vivid. I enjoyed reading this very real assessment of a church service.
william price11/27/07
Outstanding, Karen. You are a true poet and communicator for the Lord. God bless.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
I love your vivid descriptions of churches today. Great writing!
Joanne Sher 11/28/07
Are you EVER multi-talented! Your descriptions are so vivid and lovely. This is just wonderful. I could see each little bit perfectly.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/30/07
Well done! Great lines that force the reader to think.
David Butler 12/05/07
Here we display the "foolishness of preaching" as Paul says, but also the power and poetry of preaching. Well done.