Monday, December 22, 2008

Late Night Preaching

I've never been much of a morning person. Just ask my colleagues from college, who would form an orderly queue to fill up my seat in Chapel most mornings to cover my absence. I just couldn't get up some mornings. In fact, it was so bad, I could sleep through the fire alarm in college!

Yet all that has changed now. I'm up most mornings by 7.30am, and mostly awake, although it might take a bit longer for a sensible conversation! In order to be up earlier, the day's pattern has to be changed, to avoid burning the candle at both ends. Which means that you have to be in bed earlier to get the right amount of sleep.

Earlier nights are the pattern I've adapted to now, so it should be interesting on Wednesday night. It's Christmas Eve, and I'll be in church, preaching at the 11pm Holy Communion service. It's probably the latest time I've preached thus far - the closest would be BB Camp evening devotions which were about 10.30pm - I just hope I'm wide awake for the service.

I mean, it would be bad enough for the congregation to fall asleep during a sermon, but for the preacher to fall asleep? Oh dear!


  1. Hi,

    Nice post. Having not enough sleep make us ill.

    Wish you merry Xmas and Happy New Year 2009. (Advanced wishes)

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  3. (Reposted after grammatical correction!)

    Hi Gary,

    You know the story about the canon of a cathedral who had a nightmare that he was standing in the pulpit of the cathedral preaching and woke up to discover he was . . .

    Good wishes for a blessed time.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you manage to stay awake through the communion service and have a happy day tomorrow

  5. I fell asleep at an evening service in newtownards once - I didn't have much to do in the very peaceful service and drifted off for a few minutes. Oops. I told someone and they asked 'was it while you were preaching!'