I have never been shy about speaking up, although ten years ago I was as nervous about public speaking as almost anybody. Now? Given enough preparation, there is almost none of that old sense of terror. Since 1999 I've been giving occasional sermons to the Saturday evening service at Trinity Lutheran Church at Freeland, Washington, and in the spring of 2007 I decided it would make sense to get serious about speaking and joined WITs, the Whidbey Island Toastmasters.
I have no delusions that any of this is profoundly important, but having written these speeches and sermons, it makes sense to make them available. If nothing else, at some point someone may decide to hire me to speak to their group, so it makes sense to have some samples available.
The speeches are listed in reverse chronological order. The ones at the top of each section are bound to be better than the ones toward the bottom!
Whidbey Island Toastmasters
Sermons at Trinity Lutheran Church
Each Sermon here includes the occasion-specific part of the greeting at the start of the worship service, the readings appointed for the day, and the text of the sermon. My documents on the server include the greeting and the sermon, but normally not the readings. When you see "Look it up" in the Lectionary section, that doesn't mean for you to go look it up, it's a reminder for me to get that filled out. Also note that, although there are generally three readings, I normally only have two of them read.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 30 August 2008
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - 12 July 2008
Easter II 2008 - 29 March 2008
Advent III 2008 - 15 December 2007
Michaelmas 2007 - 29 September 2007
La Magdalena - 21 July 2007
Pentecost 2007 - 26 May 2007
Christus Rex 2006 - 25 November 2006
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 2006 - 26 August 2006
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2006 - 15 July 2006
Fourth Sunday in Epiphany 2006 - 28 January 2006
All Saints Day 2005 - 5 November 2005
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2005 - 25 June 2005
Feast of Stephen 2005 - 26 December 2004
Mary, Mother of Our Lord 2004 - 16 August 2004
Fourth Sunday of Easter 2004 - 01 May 2004
Second Sunday of Advent 2004 - 6 December 2003
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2003 - 04 August 2003
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2002 - 07 October 2002
Third Sunday after Pentecost 2000 - 1 July 2000
Trinity Sunday 2000 - 18 June 2000
Second Sunday of Advent 2000 - 4 December 1999
Trinity Sunday 1999 - 30 May 1999
Fourth Sunday in Epiphany 1999 - 20 Jan 1999