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Should You Take Notes During a Sermon? September 11, 2020

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Should You Take Notes During a Sermon?, Honolulu, Hawaii

Whether you’re new to church or have been attending for years, there are several ways you can best absorb the meaning behind a sermon. There’s no right or wrong way to learn—some people prefer sitting and listening to the readings quietly. If you’re looking for additional ways to gain knowledge during the service, consider the benefits of taking notes.

Why You Should Take Notes

When listening to a sermon, there are many outside distractions competing for your attention, like conversations with a neighbor or your own thoughts. Taking notes gives you the opportunity to jot down the overall message, helping you understand it better and giving you something to revisit later.

sermonRereading your notes also makes it easier for you to recall the lesson during conversations with others. Additionally, taking notes also shows respect to the reverend speaking, letting them know you’re fully focused on their message.

How to Take Good Sermon Notes

Before the service, decide whether you’ll be notating thoughts in a Bible or on a notepad, then bring the necessary tools. Avoid transcribing the sermon word-for-word, as you may not write as quickly as the speaker. Instead, use short phrases to remind yourself of the passage and message.

You can also list the key takeaways you want to remember, and include small, personal notations about your thoughts and feelings on the topics. Help yourself review prior sermons by ending each set of notes with a one-sentence summary of the service’s overall theme.


If you’re self-conscious about taking notes in public, view the online sermons from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Honolulu, HI. This congregation holds service every Sunday at 10 a.m., and all sermons are uploaded to their website for people who want to worship at home. To get more information about their weekly services, call (808) 922-6011.

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