Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Irony and Mp3

I preached at Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, CA last weekend.  I preached my very first sermon there back in the summer of 1999 (I tried to listen to it recently...it was AWFUL).  The direct link to the Mp3 of the sermon is below.  The sermon is called The Goals and Perils of Community Life and those of you who have been following this blog before might have already listened to a previous version of it.  It's about participation in community life and what our motivations are for doing so.  I define introversion and also talk about why being an introvert can sometimes be difficult in church life.  I also talk about the value of saying "no".

I've commented before on the irony of promoting my book as an introvert, and the irony was pretty thick this weekend, especially given my topic. Look at how my morning went:

1. Preach at the 9AM service, followed by 20 minutes of greeting time on the patio
2. Preach 10:40-11:10 at the 2nd service. Then, immediately walk out of that room and walk over to the other service happening simultaneously, and preach 11:12-11:40.
3. 45 minutes of greeting time and book signing afterwards.

Plus, the second service is primarily for youth and young adults, and so it is a completely different cultural dynamic than the other services.  Preaching a sermon back to back was exhausting, because during the course of a sermon you ride quite a roller coaster of emotion and you almost never end in the same place emotionally as you began.  But then I had to turn around, try to get back to the emotional starting place, and start all over again, with an audience middle-aged and older.  It was pretty incredible.  Fortunately, the adrenaline was enough to keep me going. When you have a big social task ahead of you, never underestimate the power of adrenaline and caffeine.  

I love Irvine Pres and it's always a joy to go back, however.  Some of my favorite people in the world.  Here is the direct link to the Mp3:

The Goals and Perils of Community Life.  Irvine Presbyterian, 9/19/10