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

TITLE: The View From Up Here
By Laury Hubrich
11/20/07


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I havenít been up here since my trial sermon. Iím only delivering the welcome and opening prayer, but Iím still a little nervous. Look at my Jr. and Sr. High kids sitting up front. Iím proud of them, especially today. We got back early this morning from a youth convention and many still showed up for worship. You go, kids!

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I saw an awful lot of disappointed faces when I walked out. Too bad their band is taking the Sunday off. How can anyone not love to sing a rousing hymn? Thereís such history behind each one. I always feel like Iíve done an aerobic workout when Iím finished each Sunday. Oh my, how will this seventy-year-old body lead twice? Iíll be slathered down tonight with my muscle cream pain reliever.

Those teens look like they were up all night; probably running the streets. Wish they would sit in the back. What a distraction. Okay, focus; hereís the last song.

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Itís my turn to deliver the communion meditation. Now where did I put my notes? Ah, Mandyís bringing me my Bible with my notes stuffed in there somewhere. She sure is a good daughter. Even with her marriage and health problems, her faith seems to grow stronger. Some look down on her because of some of the scrapes sheís been in but they donít bother to learn the facts. You canít stop gossip if you chase it down and hog-tie it. It gets away and the stories get juicier. I love this church a whole lot, but give me a crying baby any day than some of these whining people. I love a babyís Ďhallelujah wail.í

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Iím tired but excited. Itís my first time to sing a solo. First service didnít seem to appreciate my song choice very much. I expect a better response now. I really wish I didnít have that late night pizza after the convention. Itís trying to come back at the worst possible time. The guys Adam talked to last night about making a decision for the Lord ó theyíre actually here! Oops, that note wouldíve been embarrassing. The Bible does say make a joyful noise but I donít think burping through my favorite song counts. I made it through and everyoneís clapping. God, itís all for You!

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These are Your people, Lord. Thank You for placing me in this church. The youth got through a service of hymns. Good for them. Allison did a great job with her special but donít know what was up with that funny face she made half-way through. Several teens are being baptized. Adam is a very good role-model for these kids. Wish people would remember that these teens are our future.

Wanda put her whole body into leading today. Sheís so much fun to watch. Her husband tells me that she uses some stinky smelling cream after services each Sunday. Heíll really be complaining now. I think heís worried about her. Sheís getting awful old to be doing so much.

Thereís quite a few crying babies today. Harold calls them the Ďhallelujah wails.í He may not be well-schooled but he is a man in the Word. He did a good job with the communion meditation.

Thereís Ida clipping her nails. Good old Ida; a real prayer warrior. Help me see past the pile of nails, Lord.

Looks like George forgot his deodorant this morning. The pew cleared when his family showed up. If only everyone knew how many people George helped in his handy-man ministry. Maybe then they could overlook the smell. Mandy could be such an inspiration to many people if they could ignore gossip and hear the truth. Tragedies have tripped her up but she continues to stand strong in the Lord.

Aha! Thatís who I was looking for, my dearest wife. Sheís been by my side through boring sermons and sleepless nights and lots of good things in between. I love Deb, Lord.

The view from up here is much different than in the pew. I pray that everything said and done from this pulpit glorifies You. Forgive us when we allow our perspectives to cloud whatís real. I know there will be someone at my door early tomorrow ready to gripe about something. Fill me up, so Iím ready to deal with those problems. Help me point them to You, so that they can gain a Heavenly perspective. Lord, thank You for this Lordís Day and for this congregation. Amen!


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Joanne Sher 11/23/07
Love all the personalities here -- and the different perspectives of the same events. Good stuff.
LauraLee Shaw11/24/07
Your perspective is extremely creative but real at the same time. This was a great piece. It is amazing to think about all the things that people critique on any given Sunday...sad, really.
Jan Ackerson 11/25/07
Very good! I actually considered taking a very similar approach--great minds...

This was a little bit tart and a little bit sweet, just like the best meal.
Karen Wilber 11/27/07
What it would sound like if we could know each other's thoughts during worship....yikes. ;-) Creative approach with all the different voices and I love the "hallelujah wails"
Kristen Hester11/27/07
Nice entry. I enjoyed hearing all the different thoughts...and then getting the pastor's perspective. Very creative, real and honest. Great job!
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Great work on this! I loved this line, "I love a babyís Ďhallelujah wail." Very creative!
Dee Yoder 11/27/07
Your descriptions of the congregation and the pastor show a colorful variety of people involved in their service. Much more interesting than the one-dimensional "seeker sensitive" church I'm experiencing right now! Realistic and honest writing.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/27/07
Very creative! And you had a lot of wonderful lines in this entry. One of my favorites: "You canít stop gossip if you chase it down and hog-tie it. It gets away and the stories get juicier."
william price11/27/07
Luara, Congrats friend on an outstanding piece! Great pace and reader interest. God bless.
Betty Castleberry11/27/07
I like the different perspectives from the pulpit. This is clever and well done.
Debbie Wistrom11/28/07
Liked the style and all the thoughts whirling around.
Temple Miller11/28/07
I love that you present unique individuals together within a church community. Loved it.
Sara Harricharan 11/28/07
The personalities in this piece really shines through! There's so much to be learned from each point of view, great job!
Deborah Engle 11/28/07
Interesting perspectives...s. You never know how different people perceive the same thing.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
I love your creativity in this piece. You gave the reader such a variety of perspectives on the same service. Well Done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/28/07
You did a great job with this topic. I loved the originality in the writing.
Patty Wysong11/28/07
I loved hearing all the perspectives--right down to the funny face during the solo. Great details!!
Loren T. Lowery11/28/07
Once I caught on, I found this to be a fantastic and brilliant approach to the subject. I could even identify with a couple of the "thoughts" drifting out there in the sanctuary.
Sheri Gordon11/28/07
Interesting approach to the topic. I enjoyed reading this -- seeing the same picture through different eyes. Nice job.
Rebecca Jones12/03/07
This was really cool -- I loved the different perspectives -- the varying perspectives were realistic, and I liked this piece very much.