Before the Sermon:Prepare the Ground-Sing, Repent, Pray for Family, Self, Pastor, Congregation. Gather materials ahead of time. Arrive ahead of time. 2.During the Sermon: Take notes. Pray for pastor, for discernment, good attention, for the pastor. Write down questions. Focus. Pay attention. 3. After the Sermon: Engage at least one point with others in conversation. Consider feedback to pastor. File your notes. Review them before next week.