Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Two Churches To Show
Film on Martin L. King
Mt. Zion Baptist church and Peoples Unitarian church will present “King: A Filmed Record . . . Montgomery to Memphis”.
The film will be shown Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist. Tickets arc available at both churches or at the door on
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The Masters Gospel quartet of Alburnett will participate in the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Shueyville United Methodist church. The team will also present a concert at I p.m.
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The lay academy at Kenwood Park Presbyterian church will begin a three-week series on introductions to some of the concepts of Transactional Analysis. Tho text to be used is “I’m OK, You’re OK”. John Schmidt will be the leader. Call the church for further information.
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The A Capella Choir from Concordia Teachers college, Seward, Neb., will present a concert next Sunday at 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran church. Keystone.
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The pastors of Olivet United Presbyterian church and Hope United Church of Christ will exchange pulpits Sunday as part of the Better Preaching-Better Pastoring program .
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The John Matthews Family gospel singers will present a concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
Four Methodist Churches Merge Into One Unit
MONONA — Sunday marked the uniting of fo United Methodist churches hi the Monona area.
The two Methodist churches of Monona, First and Pilgrim, formerly the Evangelical United Brethren, and the churches at Luana and Volney voted in August to merge into one congregation.
The new congregation will be: known as the Garden City United Methodist church and will meet and worship in the existing buildings in Monona.
The Rev. Raymond Pacholke, pastor of the united congregation, presided at the service of unification. Dr. Alferd E. VVli-ken, conference program council director, Des Moines, precented the message at the service.
Delta Christian Moves Place for Services
ASSEMBLY OF GOD Central — 3030 F ave. NW. Ramon Booth. SS. 0:30. Scrv. 10:30. Eve. 7:30. Wed. 7:30.
First — 2531 42nd st. NE. Gary A. Jenkins. SS. 9:45. Serv. 10:45. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
Mass To Be Adapted to Child's Level
Decorah Baptists' New Minister To Arrive Jan. 20
DECORAH ald McLucas
DELTA — During January and February, worship services at the Christian church are being held in the social or fireplace room of the church.
Since attendance is usually less during these two months, the members of the church The Rev. Ron board took the action to conserve fuel.
will become the
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The!”"* r7 ^------ I Sunday school classes are
Vatican has issued directions;Pas*°r of the Calvaiy Baptist held in the regular
for adapting the mass to the un- church in Decorah on Jan. 20. (classrooms, derstanding of children.
A new “directory for masses with children” permits extensive adaptation and simplification to encourage children to share in a mass scaled to their level of understanding, the U. S.
Catholic Conference said.
Suggested changes apply to
Pastor McLucas comes to Decorah after serving ll years with the Norwoodville Baptist church in Des Moines.
He was a Student at the
Moody Bible institute from 1951, . _ . , . c .
* ioro ii J sum Saturday and Sunday.
to 1953. He served as a chaplain; „ ,
, J Thirty-three avmen fro;
First Covenant Plans
Lay Witness Mission
First Covenant church is sponsoring a lay witness mis-
in the Korean war and then finished his schooling at the
masses with groups of children j ; ■ ‘
and to the ordinary Sunday ... y mass where adults and children ( * ’ 1
C. R. Bible Chapel Sets Special Meetings
are present. Priests are given guidelines on their manner of speaking and gesturing and adaptation of prayers.
Emphasis is placed on partied-! Ben Tuimga, Bible pation by the children through from Minneapolis, will singing, playing musical in-' struments, making pictures to illustrate the homily or other parts of the mass and reading from the* Bible,
The directive stressed, however, that much of the mass be left in its original form to encourage transition by the children into the parish as adults.
from different parts of the country and !different denominations w i 111 participate under the direction! of Arthur Wesselink from Eagle Grove.
S e p a r a t e programs are planned for the children, youth and adults. For information call
teacher 363 407;
TRINITY KAITIST CHURCH
Isl Ave. and 5th St. N.F. YMCA Auditorium Sundjy Schnol IU OO AM , Morn. Worship ll OO AM Sunday Eve. 7:0(1 I’M Wed. Night 7:30 I'M
Nlrk Crow Pastor
series of mootings at the Cedar Rapids Bible chapel beginning Sunday at ll am. and 7 p.m. and continuing Monday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., including Jan. 20.
IO YEARS AGO - The total of U.S. nationals dead or wounded in the Panama rioting rose to BO on the basis of reports received from American headquarters in Panama.
Borean — 5037 Center Point rd. NE. Glen V. Hi«h. S.S. 9:45. I Serv. 10:45. Eve. 7.
Calvary — (CBA) 1203 3rd ave. SW. Harry Egncr. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 10:45. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
Edgewood —• (BGC) E ave. and Edgewood rd. NW. S.S. 9:45. Serv. ll. Eve. 7. Wed. 7:30.
First—(ABC) 1200 2nd ave. SE. Dr. Wayne A. Shircman. S S. 9:30. Serv. 10:50.
Galilee—(GARB) 1947 Washington ave. SE. Larry R. Engle. SS. 9:30. Serv. 10:40. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
Immanuel — (S. B. C.) 1900 F ave. NW. S.S. 9. Serv. 10:15, Donald K. Dixon. Eve. 7:15. Wed. eve. 7.
Mt. Zion -(NBC) 824 8th st. SE. Lo Roy White. S.S. 9:30. Serv. ll, 3.30. Wed. 7:30.
New Testament Baptist— (BBF) 749 Old Marion rd. NE. John Bulse, jr. S S. 9:30. Serv. 10:30. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
Noelridge Park —(CEA) Golf and Clifton sts. NE. Bruce W. Young. Daniel A. Larson, S.S. 10:15. Serv. 9.
Twin Pines Baptist—(NAB) 3300 42nd st. NE. Werner Lemke. S S. IO. Serv. ll. Eve. 7. Wed. 7:15.
Valley View Baptist—(BGC) 5555 Mt. Vernon rd. SE. Carroll Van Anda. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 10:30. "A Winning Combination’’, Eve. 7. “The Crisis of Ethics”. Wed. eve. 7:30. “When East Clashes with West”.
AII Saints —- Dalewood, 29th SE. Edmund J. Becker, James L. Blocklinger. Masses, Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 0, 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon.
Immaculate Conception 859 3rd ave. SE. Win. P. Leonard, Daniel J. Keppler, Richard J. Hess. Masses, Sat. 5:15. Sun. 6, 8, IO, noon, 5:15.
St. Jude's -150 Edgewood rd. NW. John M. Gregory. Richard Ament, La V v rne Schueller. Masses. Sat 5:30. Sun. 7, 8:30,
St. Ludmila's -211 21st ave. SW. Re ber t W. .ri/.ek. Paul C. McManus. Masses, Sat. 5:30; Sun. 6:30, 8, 9:30, ll. 12:15 St. Matthew's 1st ave, 24th NE. A. A. Sodawasser, Arthur Kleve, T. J. Histing. Masses, Sat. 5:30 pm; Sun. (5:30, 8, 9:30,
St. Patrick's 500 1st ave. NW. Martin Laughlin, Carl A. Hies, Maurice J. Lynch. Masses,
j Sat. 5:15 p.m.; Sun. 6:30, 8, 9:45, ll, 12:15.
St. Pius X—Council st., Collins rd. NE. Bernard G. Collins, John Frederick. Masses, Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 7, 9, 10:30, noon, 5.
St. Wenceslaus—1224 5th st. SE. Clarence Frana. Masses, Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 6:30, 8:30, 10:30.
Cedar —- 526 3rd ave. SW. Neville G. Clayton. S.S. 9. Serv.
; 10:15. “Anguish Unmeasured".
First—840 3rd ave. SE. John M. Hardy. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 10:40. “It Does Matter What You Believe”.
Neelridge — 727 Collins rd.
NE. Philip Ewoldsen. S S. 10:45.
EPISCOPAL Ciraee—525 A Ave. NE. Paul Traeumer. Masses, 8, IO. Children’s chapel and S.S. IO.
St. John’s — 355 19th st. SE. D. A. Lofcrski. (Communion 8.) S.S., serv. 10:30. Choral Eucharist, 10:30, first Sun.
St. Michael’s — 220 40th st. NE. Thomas C. Aycock, jr. Eucharist, 8 a.m., 6 p.m. S S., scrv, IO.
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES West Congregation — 1221 Center Point rd. NE. Public talk, 9:30. “Do Vain or Worthwhile Works Fill Your Life?” Watchtower, 10:30. “S pared From Slaughter with the King's Enemies”.
Pioneer Avenue Congregation — 3103 Pioneer ave. SE. Public talk, 9:30. "A Visit to tho Holy Land”. Watchtower, 10:30. “Exulting in Jehovah I) es pile Hardships of Har-Magedon".
LATTER DAY SAINTS Mormon -4300 Trailridge rd. SE. Bishop Paul L. Garvin. Priesthood 8:30. SS. 10:30. Eve. 5.
Reorganized -120 19th st. NE. |
Elder James O. Loy. S.S. 9:30.1 Serv. 10:30.
LUTHERAN Bethany (Mo.) 2202 Forest
dr. SE. A. C. llornbostel. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 8:15, 10:45.
Concordia (Mo.) 4210 John-!
son ave. NW. Paul A. Scheidt. SS 9:15. Serv. 8. 10:30.
"My Son, Your Brother",
First (BCA) 1000 3rd ave. I SE. George W. Carl: on, Larry K. Fruehling, Alvon Nelson.!
GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH
1947 Wallington Ave. S t.
9 30 AM Sunday Sc hool IO 40 AM Morning Service 7 OO Evening Service Wnd Service 7 OO PM
God it Absolute Justle*. Thurifer* H* Is perfectly just and fair In His dealings with the human race. Because He is Just He takes issue with man's sin and pronounces a penalty upon it. He then came to earth in the Person of Jesus Christ to pay that penalty. Deuteronomy 32:4.
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5.5. 9:25. Dr. David Hay. Serv. 8:15, ll. “Holy Baptism ... A Concept or a Relationship?"
Gloria Dei—(ALC) 153 Cherry Hill rd. NW. Charles G. Schultz. S S. 9:30. Serv. 8:30, 10:30. Communion, first Sun. of month. Eve. 6:30.
Good Shepherd — (WELS) 2900 42nd st. NE. Gary Kirsch-ke. S S. 9. Serv. 10:15. “A Good Memory Makes A Good Life”.
Holy Redeemer—(LCA) 720 Edgewood rd. NW. Cedric J. Lofdahl. Sat. 5:30. S S. 10:30. Scrv. 9:30.
Hope—< LCA I 2736 Bowling st. SW. Michael A. Last. Communion, first Sun. of month. Sat. eve. 6. S.S. 8:45. Serv. IO.
Our Savior’s—(ALC) 3634 1st ave. NE. F. William Bilker. Marvin L. Ehnen. S.S. 9:15. Serv. 8, 10:30.
St. Andrew — (LCA) 4420 Center Point rd. NE. James M. Lesher. S.S. 9:40. Serv. 8:30, 10:45. “The Father Says Yes”.
St. Mark’s—(LCA) 2100 1st ave. NE. David Frans Larson.
5.5. 9:30. Communion and serv. 8:30, ll.
St. Stephen’s — (ALC) Meadowbrook. 31st st. SE. Landis J. Olson. SS. 9:30. Scrv. 8:30, 10:45.
Trinity—(Mo.) 13G3 1st ave. SW. Richard A. Osing, Richard L. Thompson. S.S. 9:15. Sen’. 8, 10:30. Sat. 6.
Word of God—Deaf — (Mo.) 1363 1st ave. SW. Allan C. Page. First and third Sun. of month. S.S. 2. Serv. 3.
Zion — (Mo.) Highway 150, Hiawatha. Larry Brelje. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 8:15, 10:45.
METHODIST Asbury — (United) 351 26th ave. SW. Charles R. Mchaffey. S S., scrv. 9, 11.
Bertram — (United) L. Ned Townsend. S.S. 9:45. Serv. 10:30.
Bethel—(AME) 512 6th st.
SE. George Moore. SS. 9:30. Serv. ll.
Buffalo - - (United) Blairs Ferry rd NE. Wdbcrt R. Tru-shcim. S.S. 10:15. Serv. 9.
Faith — (United) 1000 30th st. NE Wdbert H. Trusheim. S S. 9:15, serv. 10:30.
Free BOO G ave. NW. Wayne Ryan. S.S. 9:45. Scrv. 10:45. Eve. 7. Wed. 7:30.
Kenwood -(United) 302 33rd st NE. Clifton W. EUcrbeek. SS. IO. Serv. 9, ll. “The Crown of Creation".
Lovely Lane (United) 42nd
land Wenig rd. NE. Don F. Maple. S.S. 9:15. Serv. 10:30. jS.S. 9. Serv. IO.
Salem — (United) 225 First ave. SW. Paul Pfaltzgraff. S.S. !9. Scrv IO. “Living in Mixed-I up Times".
Sharon — (United) 831 18th I ave. SW. Everett K. Burham.
5.5. 9, Serv. IO.
St. James—(United) 1430 Ellis blvd. NW. Stephen R. Root,
5.5. 8:45. Serv. IO.
St. Mark's — (United) 4700 Johnson ave. NW. Lee Roy Col-I lins. S.S. 9:45. Serv. ll. “Called, What Now?” Eve. 6:30. School of Missions. “I Identify".
St. Paul’s — (United) 1340 Third ave. SE. Arnold Herbst, James H. Riegel, Warren S. Webb. S.S. 9:30. ll. Communion and serv. 9:30, ll.
Shueyville — (United) Rt. 2. Leonard Showalter. SS. 9:30. Serv. 10:30.
Trinity — (United) 3rd ave. 5th st. SW. Ernest W. Larson.
5.5. 9:30. Serv. 10:45. “Jesus in a Pluralistic Society”.
Union—(United) Ely rd. SW. leonard Showalter. SS. IO. Serv. 9.
Wesleyan—2600 1st ave. NW. J. Richard Ernst. S.S. 9:45. Sen,’. 10:45. Wed. 7:15.
NAZARI.NE First — 3113 1st ave SW. Hardy J. Powers. SS. 9:45. Serv. 10:45. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
Oakland Crawford Howe. S.S. 9:45. Serv. 10:45. Eve. 7. Wed. 7:30.
Trinity 1328 K st. SW. James L. Hayes. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 10:30. Eve. 7. Wed. 7.
ORTHODOX St. George— (Sy.) 1202 loth st. SE. Constantine Nasr. SS. 10:15. Matins IO. Liturgy, 10:30. Sat. Vespers, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s — (E) 000 7th st. SE. SS., Matins, IO. Morning1 Prayers, 11.
St. John’s—(Gr.) 501 A ave. NE. Alexander Anastasiou. S S, 10:30. Orthros 9:30. Liturgy 10:30.
PRESBYTERIAN Calvin - Sinclair — (United)
715 38th st. SE. Earl A. Hueb-ner. S.S. IO Serv. 9, 11:10. “The Center of Life”.
Central Park—(United) 1700 B ave. NE. Allen S. Van Cleve. S.S. 9:45. Serv. 8:45, ll. “No Longer Strangers”.
Christ Church — (United) 2000 1st Ave. NW. Robert Bouton. S.S. 9. Scrv. 10:10. “Hands: Layed On”.
First — (United) 310 5th st. SE. John S. Shew, Larry R. Johnson. S.S. 9:15, 9:35, IO. Serv. 9:15, ll. “When God Says •You’
Hus Memorial — (United) 2808 Schaeffer dr. SW. George B. McDill. S.S. 10:30 Serv. 9:30. “Wise Men Still Seek Him”. Cedric Lofdahl.
Indian Creek — (Reformed) K.P. Hall, 1001 Old Marion rd. NE. Mark Pett. S.S. ll. Scrv. IO.
Kenwood Park—(United) 327 35th st. NE. L. A. Chamberlain, Murry Haber. S.S. 9:30, ll. Serv. 8:15, 9:30, ll. “First Things First”.
Knox—(United) 1525 Hollywood blvd. NE. Floyd J. Conroy. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 10:30.
Olivet—(United) 237 10th st. NW. Francis Roy King. S.S. 9:30. Serv. 8:30, ll. “God Gives His People Hope”. Lyle Kuchl.
Westminster—(United) 1285 3rd ave. SE. Dr. John P. Woods. S S. 9:30. Serv. 9:30, ll. “Don't Blame the Other Guy”.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Eden < E and R) 351 8th
SW. Glenn D. Hunt. S.S. 9:30. Scrv. 10:45.
First Congregational — 361
17th st. SE. Glenn N. Bender, Robert L. Myren. S.S. IO. Scrv. and Communion. IO. “Acquiring the Power of God in 1974”.
Hope 150 0th IVC. Hiawatha. Lyle V. Kuchl. S S. 9:30. Serv. 10:45. “Don’t Buy Shoes in the Morning”, Francis King.
OTHER Cill R< UFS Baha i Center—Tues. 8, 1810 Ridgewood terr. SE: Wed. 7:30, 2415 4th ave., Marion; Fri. 8, 2773 C st. SW. Apt. A.
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2900 42nd St. N.E.
Wa behav# thai all of the Bible ii the inspired, inerrant Word of God to
man. We, therefore, feel bound lo leach only what the Bible leaches.
THUS WE FIRMLY TEACH AND BELIEVE . . .
• thai God has mode us and all creatures
• that as our God and Creator, He has the right lo determine how we should be and live
• that we have failed to live up to those things which God wants and requires of us
• that, therefore, He has every right to punish us for our sins and failures
• that God is a merciful and gracious God, Who does not desire that any should perish
• that therefore, He sent His Son Jesus into the world to live a holy life and to die an innocent death for us
• that when Jesus died on the cross He was paying the full price for the sins of the whole world
• that when we hold Him in faith, we have full pardon for oil our sins
• that through Him we are reconciled to our heavenly father and become His dear children
• that as such, we receive through His Holy Spirit the power to live new and changed lives devoted to Him and His glory
• that when this lite is over, an eternal home is awaiting us in heaven.Book on Pastoring, Preaching Tells of Local Experiment
By I’itt Peterson
An experiment .involving e i g Ii t Cedar Rapids and Marion Protestant churches led lo a book by Dr, Joseph McCabe, chancellor of Coe college, which might lead to better preaching and pastoring in all faiths.
“Time is the pastor’s most precious resource. Careful scheduling of the time produces freedom,” said Dr. McCabe, a Presbyterian minister before accepting the post as president of Coe college in 1957. Ile became chancellor in 1970.
Dr. McCabe wrote the book, “How To Find Time for Better Preaching and Better Pastor-Dr. Joseph E. McCabe
ing”. “Publishers hate titles like that,” he said, “but that is what this book is about.” This is the sixth book he has had published.
Dr. McCabe’s book deals with how to release more time for the pastoral office and how also to improve preaching from the pulpit.
The information in the book comes from an experiment he began in Cedar Rapids three years ago.
He says in his hook that people expect their pastor to be an able administrator, reli-g i o u s education specialist, community leader, visitor of the sick, burier of the dead and to marry the marrying. In addition, he is supposed to
find time for an ever increasing counseling load, bring new members into the church, interest those on the edges, he a leader to youth, read widely, study diligently, he well informed, he available at any time of the day and then on Sunday is supposed to preach like Paul.
Dr. McCabe began with Hie long-held idea that preaching can be improved and better pastoral care given without any additional demand on the pastor’s time.
To prove his idea, he brought together eight pastors whose church memberships ranged from 200 to 600. Each church selected was a one-pastor church where one man was in charge of the total Christian program.
When he explained his program of a pulpit exchange and using repeat and borrowed sermons, he said the pastors were leary of the proposal, but were interested.
Before putting his program into effect, Dr. McCabe met with the governing boards of each church to make sure they understood the program and agreed to participate. He reported all the churches voted to join the program.
The churches participating in the program currently include St. Andrew Lutheran, Hope Lutheran, Marion Christian, St. James Methodist, Hope United Church of Christ of Hiawatha, Olivet Presbyterian, Calvin-Sinclair Presbyterian, First Baptist church of Marion, Norridge Christian, Holy Redeemer Lutheran, Knox Presbyterian and Hus Memorial Presbyterian.
Lovely Lane Methodist and Christ Church Presbyterian
Gazette Photo by I. W. Ward
The Rev. Peter Morgan, left, of Marion Christian church, and the Rev. Steve Root of St. James United Methodist church, exchanged pulpits on Communion Sunday. Pastor Root said ho thought things went very well. The two men mot during the week to evaluate the exchange and to discuss the differences between the methods of taking Communion in the two churches. Hero they examine some of tho hardware used in Methodist Communion.
were in the program in 1970-71 but have since left the program.
Dr. McCabe’s proposal is very simple. The first part of the plan calls for a pastor to form a team with another pastor from a similar size church. The two pastors exchange pulpits four times a year.
Dr. McCabe theorized that if it takes ten to 12 hours to write a 25-minute sermon, here was a chance for the pastors to save 40 to 48 hours a year by choosing one of his better sermons to deliver on exchange Sunday.
In talking with the church
boards, Dr. McCabe decided there would be no pulpit exchange on Sundays with Communion, baptism, All Saints days, Christmas, Easter or Pentecost. It was also agreed some distance would be kept between the exchanging pastors to avoid “sheepstealing”.
After the program had been
in progress two years, the Rev. Steve Root of St. James Methodist and the Rev. Peter Morgan of Marion Christian, decided to try the pulpit exchange on a Communion Sunday. Both agreed it was beneficial for them and their congregations to see and experience how others took Communion.
Pastor Root said the exchange went very well. He said ten elders and deacons from Marion Christian gave Communion at his church. He took three members of St. James to Marion for Metho-dist-style Communion.
He said members of his church, who receive Communion five times a year, told birn they would not mind occasionally using the Christian style of passing the wine and bread down the pews.
Pastor Root said he felt the exchange was a very good experience for all involved.
The second part of the program calls for the pastor to deliberately repeat three or four of his sermons during the year.
This gives the pastor another 30 to 40 hours a year he can spend in some other aspec t of church work.
The third part of the program calls for a pastor to use a borrowed sermon two or three times a year. This gives the pastor 20 to 30 more hours a year away from sermon preparation.
The total for the year is between 80 and IOO hours the pastor can spend on other duties instead of writing sermons.
Dr. McCabe says the Protestant church is preacher oriented. One of the values of the pulpit exchange as seen
by one of the participants is “. . . it offers to help strengthen the congregation as a congregation and eliminates ex-c e s s i v e preacher-centered-ncss.”Second Pastor
Another important factor brought out in Dr. McCabe’s book is that participating congregations now have a “second” pastor, one people can turn to if their own pastor is out of town or otherwise not available.
Dr. McCabe recounts in his book the story of Baptist and Presbyterian pastors who exchanged pulpits.
The Baptist minister had made a commitment to attend a church conference. Just before his departure, he was notified a member of h;s church had died. He visited the family. told them of his commitment, hut said he would stay if that was the family’s wish.
The family said they had heard the Presbyterian mm-ister and felt they knew him and would be satisfied for him to conduct the service.
Congregational response to the pulpit exchange in six of the participating churches was an overwhelming 93 percent in favor of their ministers exchanging pulpits.
Dr. McCabe reported some pastors have an honest reticence about repeating a sermon. He said nothing is easier for a pastor, but the heart of the problem is that he would be caught repeating.
Besides giving the pastor more time for other pastoral duties, repeating a sermon induces better preaching and better listening. When members of a congregation are made aware that they have some say in what sermons will be repeated, they listen better. Dr. McCabe said
it gives the congregation a sense of participation.
Dr. McCabe said that because a pastor has said something once, does not mean it does not. bear repeating. He said repeating is sound teaching procedure.
The repeat sermon offers a pastor a chance to improve his delivery. Dr. McCabe says in his book that it a pastor will spend an hour practicing delivery of the repeat sermon, it will lead to better preaching.
Another thing that leads to better preaching is use of the borrowed sermon.
Of all the forms, the ministers in the program said the borrowed sermon was the most difficult to carry off.
Besides giving the pastor time away from preparing a sermon, use of the borrowed sermon improves the preacher’s writing skill, says Dr. McCabe in his book.
One of the participating pastors said, “I plan to borrow another preacher’s sermon twice this year. That will do two things, it will enable you to hear some of the greatest preaching in our denomination and in each of the two weeks I will be free to make a dozen home calls, or to read a good book on Christian education or visit half of the shut-ins.”
Dr. McCabe said a minister should always give credit when using another’s sermon. He said stealing a sermon is as had as stealing anything else.
The total response to the program by the churches was 97 percent in favor of the program.
One minister said in his evaluation of the program that continuation of the program is “a must.”