Orginally published on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 7:33 PM
by Todd Rhoades
This just in from LarkNews...Pastor Bruce Smith’s funny sermon-starter went over vastly better in second service than in first. The cute illustration, involving a child who mis-read a Bible verse as "be ye one another’s burdens," caused only scattered chuckles in first service. Smith’s face pinked up and he moved on to his sermon…
But in second service the audience responded with a roar of laughter.
"I think I told it with a little more oomph," he said later, resting in his office. "I had my rhythm in second service. It's hard to nail a joke the first time out."
The appreciative response was "really gratifying," he said. He believes the joke will "hit the eight-o'clockers later in the day."
At my church, we have three services... the first is at 8:00. The early service is always a different crowd. Could be that they're just not awake yet.
FOR DISCUSSION: Anyone have any great stories about how something went over or flopped in first service (or any service for that matter?)
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