Better be a Good Sermon: Preaching for Special Occasions and Contexts

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Preachers often face the prospect of preaching at a variety of occasions that can be deemed ‘special’ in some way, perhaps because of the occasion itself or the make-up of the particular audience. The regular Christian festivals of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are examples of these, as are the pastoral services of baptism, weddings and funerals that arise irregularly, sometimes frequently and with little warning. Then there are the ‘one-off’ special occasions such as a time of national tragedy or an Annual General Meeting of an organisation. Each occasion has its particular challenges and the preacher must be attuned to the subtleties that need to be attended to in each.

Audiences may be in rural, school, multicultural or secular settings with varying demographics such as age, socio-economic status and ethnicity. And especially on these occasions, preachers’ words and their  lives are very much open to public scrutiny. Therefore how preachers live out their everyday lives in their communities will also deliver a powerful sermon to those who watch and listen.

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