I fall asleep most Sunday nights while replaying various aspects of Sunday morning in my mind. That replay includes things that happened in worship, key moments of the sermon, things people said to me in the lobby, and new I folks I saw and “old” folks I didn’t see.
Sometimes, those same kind of thoughts will wake me up on Monday morning.
So this morning at 4:25, I woke up I remembering something I had forgotten on Sunday.
The message was about the Ten Commandments — not an analysis of each one, mind you, but a look at what lines the Commandments provide for us.
And my plan all along was that we would conclude the sermon by standing and reciting the Commandments out loud and together. We had them prepared to display on the screen.
And then I forgot. At 8:30, at 10, and at 11:30.
Perhaps because I was eager to have us begin singing “Trust And Obey,” (yes, we did that one!) or possibly because I wanted to do the “giveaway” of our Ten Commandments bookmark, or maybe because we weren’t “supposed” to do it all . . . whatever the reason, I forgot the thing I was supposed to remember.
So here they are. I invite you to do electronically what we didn’t do in person: say the Ten Commandments out loud with your Good Shepherd cyber community.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
While I didn’t remember the corporate reading yesterday, I do remember the point as it comes to the Commandments: You are more free between the lines than you’ll ever be outside them.