Phone calls in the middle of the night are never good news and when my phone rang at 4 this morning that was the case. My senior pastor was sick and couldn't preach. Now this would be bad news in any case because it is hard to come up with a sermon at four in the morning (Note to Self: Have a sermon ready that is generic enough for last minute sermon). What made this worse was that this was Commitment Sunday, Confirmation Sunday, we had one baptism and No-Stress Joining Sunday.
Everything went off without a hitch. I told the congregation it was good thing that the Senior Pastor chose such a slow Sunday to get sick. It made for a lot of laughs and got us off to a good start.