Over the years I’ve preached my share of funeral sermons. Funerals are unique on the church calendar because they trump everything else. One time I left on vacation following the Sunday morning worship service and drove 300 miles to a commercial campground. I had just gotten settled in when someone from the office knocked on the door to inform me that I had an emergency phone call. The next day I ended my vacation and drove 300 miles home to officiate at the funeral of a dear lady who had called me “pastor.” I wouldn’t have had it any other way; still, it’s an example of how funerals trump everything else. They offer the pastor an unprecedented opportunity to minister at a level and to individuals who the pastor would have little opportunity to impact with the gospel.
Receive posts via email
Tags2009 Nazarene General Assembly Advice Battle for the Bible Bible book review camping church Church of the Nazarene Communion cross easter faith Fenelon Fresh Wind Fresh Fire funerals God's grace Good Friday Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiness humor Hurricane Hurricane Rita internet Jim Cymbala Let Go Lord's Supper love ministry music Nazarenes pastor pastor appreciation pastoring Pastors Pastor Scott Cundiff Prayer Preaching sabbatical leave sacraments sanctification sermons sermons solved theology worship