Speech Introduction Sermon Illustrations

Speech Introduction Sermon Illustrations

If I were to ask one of you what is the outstanding quality of…., you would no doubt say it is her extreme quietness. I believe the only alibi we need to give for this peculiarity is that on a large tree, the smallest twigs usually do the most rustling.—Bright Bits

When Dr. Pierce Harris of First Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, spoke recently at a prison work camp, the prisoner introducing him recalled earlier days of association with the minister.

"Many years ago," he said, "two boys lived in the same community in north Georgia and attended the same school, played with the same bunch of fellows, and went to the same Sunday School.

"One of them dropped out of Sunday School because he felt he had outgrown it, and that it was sissy stuff. The other boy kept on going because he felt that it really meant something in his life.

"The boy who dropped out is the one who is making this introduction today. The boy who kept going to Sunday School is the famous preacher who will preach to us this morning."—Wesleyan Methodist

At our club's Ladies Night, President Bill Norman introduced Jack Morgan's bride. "Better known—and better off—as Helen Hughes," he added.

The chairman in introducing the principal speaker who happened to be a good friend of his, was making an analogy between the program and a train. He concluded with "Trains start on time—we do. Trains always start with a jerk. Here is.......

It's always a pleasure to welcome and introduce to you a a man who always makes such expiring speeches.

Dave Howell, World Service Y.M.C.A. Secretary who spent a number of years in Liberia, described the following introduction he once received prior to a speech.

It seems that there was sort of a three-way chairmanship at this meeting and the first who opened the meeting briefly mentioned that Howell was from Libya. Howell whispered to the man nearby who was to speak next and asked him to correct the party about Libya. But this man when he rose to speak, after making some routine remarks referred to Howell as the man from Nigeria. Now by this time Howell said he was a little confused himself, but he nudged the man who was to introduce him officially and reminded him that to set the record straight, he was from Liberia. This gentleman nodded his head and said he would straighten out matters. He concluded his introductory remarks with these words: "And now it is my pleasure to introduce Dave Howell from Siberia."

When introducing someone you know well at a less than ultra-formal gathering, try this: "I am told that as a speaker he is a whirlwind He will now whirl wind."

Introducing a speaker you know intimately you can say, "The speaker's name is and before tonight I never heard of him."

I'll just launch him—to use space age terminology, get him off the pad.

There is so much to be said about our speaker this evening that one encounters grave difficulty in choosing a beginning. However, as the Frenchman explained in answer to the question why he always kissed the ladies' hands, "One has to start somewhere."—M. Dale Baughman

At one interdenominational meeting, a minister from the same denomination as the speaker made the introduction. Eager to impress the audience with the speaker's qualifications, he said, "Our speaker is known in the churches of our denomination throughout the world—and probably in regions beyond!"—New Christian Advocate

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