The need for shorter sermons

Acts 20:7-12

“On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile, they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.”   NRSV

Needless to say, I am pleased to hear that God was able to save the life of the young man, through Paul, from his fall after nodding off. I am equally pleased that we no longer use oil lanterns to light the sanctuary and we don’t allow sitting on the windows sills. Nodding off in worship is now much safer.

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