If you have read the previous post about “Your prayers are coveted“, then you know that Cheesehead has her hands, her heart, her soul, her mind, her body full with Pastoring her church, community and family. If you have not, you need to read it, plan to be part of the prayer community at the time in your time zone that is equal to the times listed for prayer. Also there is a link to Cheesehead’s posts about what is going on, or you can click on Cheesehead in Paradise on the sidebar to catch up. I am praying, and I offered to post today’s Lectionary leanings in her place.
Here are the lectionary readings for this week. If you are UMC, you will be using for the O. T. passage 1 Kings 2:10 – 3:14 ;for the Psalms you will be using Psalm 111; also you will start with verse 51 of John 6 instead of 53 and go through to 58. Let’s see what else, oh yes, the Episcopals in our midst get to choose between Psalm 137 or Psalm 34:9-14. Okay that’s the scriptures for this Sunday; Which way am I leaning, besides “leaning on the everlasting arms”? I am leaning on Paul with Ephesians 5:15-20. Why don’t you all who have had your fill of bread come on over to the Ephesians passage, you could preach on Jesus transforming lives even those who have addictions, and how important a community of faith is in dealing with addictions. Anbody see an elephant in the living room? (That’s one of the sayings from AA, and it has to do with denial.)
Now for those who are still new at preaching, which I tend to consider myself at, here are some resources that I have found helpful. Perhaps as you comment, you can add some others that you use whether on the web, books, etc. After I read the scripture, pray over them; I usually start with TextthisWeek, especially if I am unsure of which passage to preach from, or if I am planning ahead. Lots of good research, commentaries, and other links. I then go to Sermons & Sermon – Lectionary Resources to check out other resources, thoughts, ideas, and illustrations. I also go to Desperate Preacher.com for their Lectionary Discussion forums, you’ll have to go to their sidebar to click on the passage you are preaching on to see the discussions.
But I would like to emphasize that we have two of our own revgalblogpals who have good websites on the lectionary passages, BethQuick and Dylan’s Lectionary Blog. They are really good at what they do, and thought provoking.
Now, what are you preaching on Sunday?