I got to preach my first sermon at HFASS yesterday, and almost had to 'lead' the service. Nadia had a speaking engagement (well, 5 in 4 days and 2 states) and her flight was scheduled to arrive at DIA at 3:30. Of course, it got delayed, and was then scheduled to get in at 4:27.
Luckily the Spirit interceded when I had nothing but sighs too deep for words and Nadia's plane picked up speed in the air and got into the airport with enough time for her to get to liturgy at 5pmand change into her clerics.
The spirit also showed up in the preaching event, which always happens, but is a relief nonetheless. Nadia has a tradition that whoever is preaching is prayed for by the other person before the service. In that moment, I felt my nerves disappear and I was filled with the peace that only God is able to give. As the service started and we sang Schumann's mass I was filled with emotion, as only liturgy can do.
I am going to have to get used to preaching in an interactive environment...I've never had anyone (until last night) talk back to me in the middle of the sermon. It was nothing terribly distracting, but I made a point and someone said pretty audibly 'wow' in response. Everyone laughed out loud and it all worked out, but I have a feeling I will like Holy Spirit interruptions like that!
Till next week!
Edit: here's the sermon!