From the earliest days of Methodism, preaching has been an integral part of worship, with the sermon seen as being a highpoint of the service.
It is not by accident that many of the older Methodist Churches and Chapels were dominated by high central pulpits that left nobody in any doubt whatsoever of the importance of the act of preaching.
For it is by proclaiming the written word that we can encounter Him who is the Living Word and consequently find ourselves inspired, challenged, confronted, comforted and transformed.
Whilst the style, format and length of sermons have changed much over the years, the proclamation of the good news, the expounding of the scriptures and its application to our daily lives is still a central part of our services week by week.
Sermons by their very nature are to be heard rather than read, for it is in the act of preaching that they really come alive. The reader is not aware of the subtleties, of the cadences, light, shade or tone that the preacher is able to give to the text.