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Poetic Sermon

Updated on June 19, 2013

A Preacher without a sermon

A preacher without a sermon

is like

church without pew

choir without hymn

A preacher without a sermon

is like

song without singer

piano without player

organ without chimes

A preacher without a sermon

is like

giddy up without go

castle without throne

A preacher without a sermon:

lottery ticket without winner

one day saint - one day sinner

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      Ceren 2 years ago

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      Suevonne 2 years ago

      I'm grueftal you made the post. It's cleared the air for me.

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      Max Havlick 4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Thank you, Kim. Your wise clarifying comments profoundly declare these issues currently at stake throughout our religious culture. And they underline the usefulness of your publishing this provocative hub for everyone to see and comment, and even eliciting from its author such a comprehensive response as you have just now given us. I pray that more than a few "individual congregations and church families" will benefit from this and your many other courageous insights and writings about contemporary culture, and I, for one, am committed to seeing to it that they do!

      Best wishes,

      Max, 10 a.m., Monday morning, August 12, 2013

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Max,

      I am glad you read the aforementioned comments for I truly wish I had waited before launching this as a hub. It was one of those refrains that just would not stop repeating itself in my head.

      I also feel very strongly against generalizing, and I am very displeased with myself that I gave the perception of such in this or any piece.

      I think there are and I know plenty of ministers who are just absolutely wonderful. They always go the extra mile to help another in need. I also think that just like in any public platform, a few can make all look bad.

      None of that was what I was thinking when I got this little thought of a poem in my head. In many ways the opposite of your interpretation.

      I have in my lifetime heard preachers/pastors/ministers from all different backgrounds and church affiliations deliver some exceptional to some of the most boring sermons.

      If one has never had the opportunity to hear a true Primitive Baptist Preacher speak in a true Primitive Baptist Church, then one has truly missed out on an exceptional experience. I am not talking the stereotypical "speaking in tongues" and "handling snakes" kind. I am talking about men who put forth sermons that are mesmerizing.

      The point of this poem is that one who is so attached to his or her calling must have moments when he or she is without a congregation. I would surmise that for some this is a most difficult time...and could lead one to feel as if he or she is also without a sermon, without the support of a church family. One who goes for long may remember how wonderful it felt to be the leader of a church which could have given him or her a feeling of saintliness in "a this world sense...ie...respect" After awhile, if that one does not find that new church home, that feeling of saintliness could potentially lead to the saddest of feelings and especially for those whose livelihood has been about saving sinners.

      Now with all of that said, I know lots of preachers who were the wildest ones around--even dated a few of them, but then they got saved and became some of the best preachers around.

      Finally, I do not see myself as the one who can say or hint as to how to best correct mis-practices or even how to improve them. I think the those are matters best left to individual congregations and church families.

      Blessings to you my friend,

      Kim

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      Max Havlick 4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Clever, indeed, dear Kim, as all your poetry is, so pls don't think of deleting this or any others. You are a wonderful poet, but we know you are not perfect! Even outright mistakes, which this work certainly is not, play an important role. Like several of your commenters imply, it clearly plays "in tune" with a certain broad segment of current public attitude skeptical, perhaps, of anything done or said by professionals.

      But it is nonetheless legitimate, I think, to ask, What is your point?

      Scathing criticism of professional ministers from the outside has a long history and is notoriously easy, but something much more difficult to find, hence much more worthy of your experience and enormous talent, would be to give at least a hint of how you think mis-practices might be corrected or improved.

      But please do not delete any of your work. It all serves beautifully the useful purpose of bringing such difficult and important issues to light.

      With continuing prayers and best wishes to you and all this wonderful loyal band of readers you have developed,

      Max, Sat. night August 10-11, 2013

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I will definitely check them out. Thanks shanmarie!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Aw, I'd hate to see you delete it. It's an awesome concept. :)

      I love Rebecca St. James' sound. Her lyrics are great, too. Here are a couple more of hers I've always liked, if you're interested:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c85YJnPI0_s

      http://www.songstube.net/video.php?title=You%20The...

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey! First of all, you are absolutely right. My poem is following the same pattern as the song. Secondly, WOW! I love the song. Plus, You have introduced me to a new genre: Worship Rock. Thank You! Like I told Colin, a comment he made inspired the poem and like I told Cat, I felt like I should have developed it more before launching it as a hub. Now, I am not sure if I should delete it, develop it more or what.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Not hard to see why it reminded me of it. LOL

      Some of the lyrics are:

      Like a crime without an victim,

      Like a slueth without a clue,

      Like an empty gun,

      Like a fatherless son

      That's me without you . .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJP3sVTWFHE

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      shanmarie,

      I will check out the song you referenced. Thanks for stopping by.

      Colin,

      This poem was actually inspired by a comment you made about another one of my poems. You used the phrase, "Poetic Sermon" and I could not get it out of my head-hence, this little ditty.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      A day without one of Kim's poems is like Epi without his birthday because 'everyday' is like a birthday when I receive a visit from you or have the pleasure of paying a visit to you and your beautiful poetic heart and I certainly love your wisdom here.

      Off now to read another one of your gems .......

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Hi Kim,

      Very interesting piece. Made me think of an old Rebecca St. James song, "Me Without You". And I like your ending, a bit of a twist.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Jo,

      Thanks for the kind comments. I really feel like I needed to develop this one more before posting it.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Sometime we simply say what we need to say, a thought or an idea maybe all that is needed; the reader can add their own meaning.

      I love 'giddy up without the go,' reminded me of an old nag I used to ride :).

      Interesting poem!... I love the natural way it flows.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      I'm not sure what my intentions were either. I feel like I should have worked on developing the piece before sending it out there, but sometimes, there is this compulsion involved when it comes to writing. : ) The only way I could get the refrain off of my mind was to do something with it. I like your take on it. Thank You for your kind words.

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Yes. A poem without words. Not sure what I was thinking. Thanks for your kind words.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed and I might add a poem without words.... and so on. You expressed it real well.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kim,

      This is excellent! I'm not sure what your intentions were, but it made me think about practicing what we preach and 'preaching to the choir' and those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones... see where I'm going with this? :-) At any rate; truly woven together magically... I could've read another few pages of it easily!

      Cat

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Lurana and To Start Again,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such kind comments.

      Much appreciated.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      lovely :) great flow from beginning to end and I like how you kept inserting the title within the piece.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Interesting thoughts. I like the flow of the words too! It's the music that makes the song sing...profound. ~Lurana