Every year I feel great pressure to preach a “winner” on Christmas Eve, almost more than I do at Easter. Much of this pressure is borne by the fact that there will be many hearers who have not been to church all year. This may very well be the only Christian sermon they will have heard in 2007, so I want to preach in the most engaging way that I can. Not that I don’t give due diligence to all my sermons…well, I don’t. I want to, but some weeks fly by and I have to go with the best I can do for that week.
For the Pastors who read here: do you feel the same way? Do you do anything different as far as structure and delivery?
For the Laity: do you go to Church on Christmas Eve expecting to hear a bang-up sermon? Do you think others feel the same?