If the Lord Preached a Sermon (poem)

If the Lord preached a sermon,

Would we all not respond?

 

If Sunday morning service were like the Sermon on the Mount,

and everyone could witness the Lord speak,

would we stay at home in bed?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

who would not attend?

 

If David himself lead worship,

and the angels of heaven choired behind him,

would we still mumble through every chorus?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

who would not stand up and shout?

 

If greeting fellow members turned into shaking hands with Peter, James, and Mary.

would we still sit on our hands in our seat?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

would we be eager to meet each one?

 

When the Lord stands and scripture is read aloud,

and the ‘he’s’ start becoming ‘I’s’,

do the words still have no effect?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

who would not be astounded?

 

When the second or third-hand stories,

turned to first-hand ‘I was there!’ accounts,

would we still have doubt they occurred?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

who would not believe?

 

If the Lord gave an altar call,

and his beckoning eyes searched the congregation,

and a love beyond all loves met every heart.

who would not me moved to action?

 

If the Lord preached a sermon,

who could not respond?

 

But when the Lord calls a man to stand in his place,

calls a man to sing as David sang,

offers a moment of fellowship,

and extends an opportunity to respond to his call,

 

How can we respond any other way,

than if it were the Lord himself,

speaking words of life,

singing songs of praise,

offering hands of love,

and extending life to you and me.

 

 


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