An Itinerant Preacher

I’m not sure what the formal criteria are for designation as an itinerant preacher. I know it infers traveling to different congregations, although traditionally it’s on a circuit. I’m not sure if I formally qualify, but this Sunday I will be filling the pulpit at a third church.

I’m also not sure I like the designation “preacher.” I’m just an ordinary guy {although I am an ordained elder}. I don’t preach. I don’t teach. I do write and tell stories … about Jesus … about how His life impacts my life … about how His life can impact your life.

I’m also not quite sure how I get into these speaking situations from the angled side of the pulpit. When I first started at Tyre (NY) Reformed Church it was the result of a challenge from the pastor for us leaders to step up in his absence. All eyes stared at me.

At West Fayette (NY) Presbyterian Church, I was asked to fill in when a supply pastor backed out. They keep asking me back whenever our pastor leaves town.

This one is a little different. I’ll be speaking at Dover-Foxcroft (ME) United Methodist Church Sunday (Feb. 12) — sound unheard. While I was a congregant at both Tyre and West Fayette, I am not a member in Dover-Foxcroft. I’ve been visiting there whenever I’m in Maine. While I’ve been there on and off for about a year and a half, I’ve only casually mentioned my pulpit supply. I haven’t been active in the church’s life. Yet, a few weeks back I was asked if I would fill the pulpit. And so, here I am. And as if speaking for the first time to a new congregation isn’t a bit stressful {it was in Tyre and West Fayette as well}, I was informed the district superintendent will also be in attendance. No pressure there!

So, my friends, I come to you again asking for prayer. First and foremost, May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:4).

I consider it an honor and privilege to share my thoughts. That’s why I first considered filling the pulpit. That’s why I continued to fill the pulpit. That’s why I accepted the most recent call.

I’m not implying my words on Joy … Joy … Joy will be resoundingly poignant — but they will be from the heart and they will reflect Jesus. I’m just the conduit. As I prepare, I pray the words and meditation I craft ARE pleasing to the Lord.

If you happen to be in mid-Maine Sunday, I welcome you to join us at 10:30 a.m. at Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church not to listen to the guy in the pulpit, but to enjoy the fellowship of church.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You can tear down or build up the people around you by what you say. Bring encouragement to others by being positive in a negative world. — Joyce Meyer



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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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4 Responses to An Itinerant Preacher

  1. That’s really neat! People are recognizing a gift in you. Keep telling stories about Jesus and let the Holy Spirit speak through you!


  2. Lou says:

    I would love to hear your sermon. Can the church post it on
    a great website for sermons from around the country


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