Sermon Design Help

"Write" Stage

Finally, having moved through the other stages of the sermon design process, You're ready to put words to the sermon. In Sermon Design, that process works by moving through the different movements selected in the Structure stage, writing the manuscript for each movement in its turn. The box to the left holds the movements, while the text box on the right shows the text for the currently selected movement.

When you've finished writing each movement, move on by selecting the next movement. When you've written the text for all the movements, then simply push the print button on the toolbar, select "Print..." from the "File" menu, or use the ⌘-P shortcut. The app will compile all you've written into a single manuscript, and open the print dialogue window that will allow you to either produce a .pdf file or print a copy from your local printer.

Or, you may wish to create a manuscript document that can be edited in a word processor like Apple's Pages, or Microsoft Word. To do so, select "Export RTF" from the "File" menu, and it will open a save dialogue in which you can select a name and location for the compiled manuscript file. You can then open the file in any word processor for editing, formatting, or additional writing.

The "Printing" section of the "Preferences" window offers options for additional information to be compiled into your manuscript, such a the preacher's name and a default location, such as your home congregation. By selecting these options with their respective checkboxes, that information will be compiled in either printed or exported versions of the manuscript.

Additionally, the "Printing" section of the "Preferences" window offers options for styling the headers (Sermon Title, Date, and Movement Names and Types) in the compiled manuscript. If the appropriate checkbox is selected, the headers will appear centered in the manuscript, otherwise the headers will appear left-aligned. Furthermore, if the final checkbox is selected, the user can designate a particular font for the headers. If this is unselected, the app will compile the manuscript using a bold version of the default system font for the headers.