Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Lambeg rector attempts to break longest sermon record

If you are attending Lambeg Parish Church in Lisburn this weekend, bring a cushion.

Parishioners at the church will have the opportunity to sit through their rector’s attempt to break a UK record for the longest uninterrupted sermon preached on a single subject.

Canon Rev Ken McReynolds hopes to faithfully speak for six hours on Lessons For Living, based around characters in the Bible tomorrow.

“I’m sitting here preparing a very, very long sermon and I will be here all week writing it,” he said. “I’ve already worked my way through Adam and Eve and Noah and currently I’m on Lot, he was a descendant of Abraham.”

The rector — who was quick to admit that many people believe sermons are boring — knows exactly which side of the pulpit he would prefer to be on.

“I don't think there will be many listening to the whole six hours. So what I said was that people could collect sponsorship for me to do the six hours or they could collect money for themselves to listen to the entire sermon,” he said.

“I have no hesitation in saying that I would far rather be up on the pulpit than listening.”

During his first record attempt he said that one parishioner brought along her knitting while he preached the Word of God.

The rector previously held the title when he piously spoke for five hours non-stop several years ago.

But the record was beaten by a Church of England minister from the south of England who remained at the pulpit for a whopping five-and-a-half hours.

Now Rev McReynolds hopes to regain the title through the sponsored preach which is being held to raise funds for the Church Army Evangelist Training Fund.

However, the clergyman, who said he enjoys preaching and gets quite enthusiastic while in front of a congregation, admitted he was slightly anxious about his record-breaking homily.

“I’m older now and I’m quite nervous at the thoughts of standing talking for six hours, it seems really, really difficult and I’m quite apprehensive about it.” The preacher will begin speaking at 10am tomorrow at Lambeg Parish Church.

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