As I transcribed my notes from a recent church visit I was taken aback to realize that I had no quotes from the pastor because there was no sermon per se. The basic elements of worship were in place — hymns, short scripture readings, communion, the Lord’s Prayer and taking up the offering. However, the remainder of the service was taken up with a video from the denomination’s hierarchy, an awards ceremony and announcements. On a certain level I regret not hearing the Word preached that day. However, Paul reminded me, “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church” (1Cor 14:26 NIV).