~ The Chair of the PNC was more nervous than I was.
~ On the advice of the woman who first suggested I give preaching a try 18 years ago, I decided to try a Godly Play "I wonder" approach to the children's message. Perfect.
~ They were very quiet during the sermon, chuckled gently when I compared myself unfavorably to Martha Stewart, but were very, very attentive.
~ The congregation had untold treasures in it, such as... a family I know from the first church where I was a Director of Christian Education, another family from the first church I served as an interim associate. And... see the sermon... a woman with what appears to be the very condition described in the gospel story.
~ I forgot there would be a paper ballot, so that when the Pastor Nominating Committee raced by the office (where my children and I were cooling our heels) without stopping, I looked at Larry-O and Petra and said, "Uh-oh."
~ Turns out they were counting the ballots.
~ It was unanimous. I have a church, and a church has me. God bless us, every one!