I was therefore delighted to get this e-mail next day:
Just wanted to say that that was an excellent sermon last night.
I'd say the most effective moment was the really lovely smile you gave as you started, drawing in the whole congregation. The best line was '
The best point, for me, was the equation of witness with 'telling your own story'. As someone who took a long time to work out that 'giving God a good press' only works if it's heartfelt, I really appreciated that. I'm not aware that telling my story has brought anyone in particular to Christ, but it's certainly brought some wandering sheep back into the fold: a different sort of outreach, but the one I seem to have ended up with.
Good structure, too - the summing up at the end matched the outline given at the beginning, and the bit in between actually revolved round the same points!
So thanks. I did appreciate it.
Now I don't tell you this just to massage my already over-polished ego but to make two points:
1. It is amazing how often times when I get great feedback matches the occasions when I feel I have let people down a bit. It meant a lot that someone had taken the time to think about what I had said and how it worked and then actaully send the e-mail.
2. Do give your preachers feedback. The e-mail didn't just say 'Nice sermon vicar' but told me some specific things I had done well. I can build on those and try and make the most of those techniques again.
So thanks my friend. I appreciate it. And if you have negative things to say I will take them much more easily if I know you will also tell me positive things.