Douglas Escue, the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, began his quest for the perfect Christmas sermon weeks ago.He
sat down in front of the iMac in the pastor's study and began typing away.He
read, reread and revised the words he
"Ministers reread and rewrite (their sermons) like any other paper anybody presents," Escue
"What's behind that question is the idea that Christmas sometimes may appear to be inconvenient because of the rush and business of it, and yet God took time to travel to be with us human beings when he
sent Jesus in the flesh," Escue
said."Also, loving and being kind to others at time may be inconvenient, and yet God shows his
unconditional love every day, all the time." His
Christmas sermon isn't hard to write compared with others he
writes throughout the year, he
said, noting it's "more of a joy."
"Of all the times of the year that people could come to services or church, they are more open to come on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day," he
There is one challenge though, he
said."The challenge for the good preacher is to be very clear and very to the point in what he
wants to say about Christ," Escue
While all the messages are positive, most preachers have different ways of preparing their message.
The Rev. Adam Ortega de Ortiz of Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Community said he
never writes down his
gets motivated by a certain subject and talks to his
congregation as he
"They are something I reflect on," he
will reflect on how people should not lose faith no matter the circumstances.