Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon
United Lutheran Seminary’s Karol Mason is both an MDiv student and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Advancement and Director of Advancement Operations for United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). As a Minister in Training (MIT) at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, a long time supporting congregation of the Urban Theological Institute and just a short distance from the ULS Philadelphia campus, MIT Mason preached her First Sermon in July at a special service before a congregation full of church members, family, friends, and supporters from the seminary and community.
Grace Senior Pastor the Rev. James Buck, Jr., introduced MIT Mason, and music for the service was provided by the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown Praise and Worship Team and the Chancel Choir.
MIT Mason shared a reflection on her first time preaching from the pulpit:
The evening of my initial sermon is essentially a blur, and I know it is because the spirit was so high. I remember gripping the podium really tightly and thinking, “do not faint.” Breathing and opening my mouth to thank a broad list of people including my LTSP, now my ULS, family. My experiences on the Philadelphia campus assured me that I was prepared for the moment. I had studied under some of the greatest theological minds including the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft and the Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson – both whose insight, encouragement, and passion for Christ helped me to talk it, teach it, and preach the empowering Word of God. I thanked God for my LTSP/ULS family because that night, as nervous I was, my professors had long ago ensured me that I could, indeed preach the Word. And I did!! Through LTSP/ULS, I had encountered God’s goodness, and was now on my way to new level in ministry.
Watch Minister in Training Mason bringing the Word in a sermon entitled “Even Now”: