I just learned that I WON the Central Midwest District Sermon contest! I am truly shocked and excited.* I entered the contest as a challenge to myself. I often am critical of sermons and thought that I should "walk the walk" and try to write one. I thought I would try to do this each year as a way to better understand the whole process. I didn't expect to win with the first sermon! I have no idea how many people entered, so I might be flattering myself when, in actuality, I was the only one who participated. I gave myself yesterday to just be excited - today I am petrified that I have to actually stand up and deliver the sermon!! I have not had to talk in front of this many people since college and I am sorely out of practice. I joked with my husband that I will record it onto a cd so if I totally panic, he can just play it. After the conference, I will post the sermon in case you are interested in reading it.
In case anyone from the judging committee is reading this - THANK YOU for giving me this opportunity!
*I am still slightly worried that they actually chose someone else and they just sent me the confirmation as a mistake. Obviously I will immediately delete this post if that is the case!