Hello folks,

I confess to putting up an 11 and 1/2 hour preacher party today. I lost track of what day it was yesterday. How is it going for your? Are you seeking the Living Water with the Samaritan woman in Narrative Lectionary? Are you searching for the cure to an illness with Mark or contemplating other RCL texts?

How is it going? We’d love to hear from you about where you are in your process and what it is your working here! Share with us below. I’ll be waiting to hear from you with a cup a tea and strong sense that today is Saturday!


Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY for over seven years and blogs at katyandtheword@wordpress.com When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read.


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18 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party

  1. Thanks for being here Katy!

    Preaching on Mark 1, and wondering whether Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever was actually anger that her son-in-law had left family and familial obligations for life on the road with Jesus. (It’s only a small portion of the sermon. But I do wonder.)

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    1. (For what it’s worth, when my marriage broke up, my mother spoke of procuring an elephant gun, and laying in wait “in the tall grass” for my ex-husband to appear. She was exaggerating. But I loved her fervent desire to protect her daughter.)

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  2. I am preaching on Mark as well. I saw a sermon title “Peter’s Mother-in-law, Thomas Dorsey and Us.” I couldn’t find the sermon so decided to write the sermon. Weeks ago we had chosen “Who is My Mother” and “Precious Lord” as two of the hymns so it all seems to be falling into place. Off to preside at a funeral in a few minutes. There is fresh Baked Blueberry Oatmeal to share.

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  3. Today I am grateful for Martha’s care of this website. Here is the link to the discussion about this Mark passage three years ago:https://revgalblogpals.org/2015/02/06/11th-hour-preacher-party-fly-like-an-eagle-or-walk-on-water-edition/

    I am working on my sermon for the 5pm service tomorrow, and I’m about 90% done. How will we find time in Lent to pray, using Jesus’ concentric circles in this passage in a few different ways: start ministry in home area, then outward; Jesus as the trainer of the disciples, then sending them out – still working, but it feels solid.

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  4. i am looking at the woman at the well in John 4. i am going for experience rather than teaching this week. what would you leave at the well, what new life are you being offered. i have stones for people to leave next to a jug of water, and butterflies to pick up as a sign of new life. and part of the sermon is in the first person. A woman of no significance
    Sunday morning here, almost time for breakfast, you are welcome to join me.

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  5. I had a draft of my sermon finished by Thursday this week! We’re celebrating Christian Unity (a week late due to a colleague’s sabbatical) and having an ecumenical pulpit exchange between 7 congregations in our area. Very much looking forward to it! Each congregation will get to hear from a preacher of a different denomination than their own, and in most cases, also a different gender than their own pastor. I’m preaching on Mark 5:21-43, focusing on the woman who touches Jesus and receives healing. We each have different needs (and spiritual
    practices), but we are all seeking Jesus, and that’s what binds us all together.

    Off to re-read and edit, and hoping that the sermon is still as good as I thought it was on Thursday!

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  6. It’s been a long week, mostly due to personal stuff, but it led to my having to finish the sermon today after I presided at a funeral, and came home and helped my kid with her calculus homework (well, tried to, anyway). I dug up and completely rewrote an old sermon on the idea of what it means to wait upon, using Isaiah and Mark as examples, and waiting as active service. Frankly, I’m just glad it is done, and glad my editor/preacher friend found it worth preaching.
    I am as usual stuck on what to do for a children’s moment. I am just not good at thinking up ones that work for both churches (one has middle and high schoolers, the other toddlers and late elementary age kids). It’s the biggest worry every Sunday. So, any ideas are welcome. please.

    But I’m off to pick up the other kid from Science Olympiad and make a trip to Trader Joes – anyone need some chocolate covered almonds? Oh, yeah, or eggplant parm…
    Blessings to all in your prep. Tomorrow is busy and long, again. one of those times when I count the days until I can next sleep in (that would hopefully be next Saturday).

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  7. Decision made. The Session decided no worship tomorrow since this fever isn’t going away. My VERY small congregation was going to have attendance lower than usual because of a big event in the community tonight. I am resting, and praying this doesn’t get worse. Blessings on all of you tomorrow (tonight).

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  8. oooh, boy. Procrastination Central here. We celebrated our daughter’s 8th birthday, with a couple of her friends at the roller skating rink (yes, exactly like 1985). Then I needed a nap. Then I needed to do laundry. Then I needed to finish this worthless novel.

    I’ve started the sermon (on Mark). I’m probably about halfway finished, but all the way finished would sure feel good, since it’s bedtime. Tune in next week to see that I’ve done exactly the same thing!

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  9. 9pm here in Oregon and I’ve finally finished a sermon that took All. Day. Long.
    Again.
    Sigh.
    Well at least it’s not after midnight. That’s happened a time or two 🙂
    A reading of Mark 1 that focused mostly on “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark…”
    AND “Everyone is searching for you”…. “let us go on to the neighboring towns…”
    probably quoted too much Frederick Beuchner and Brene Brown, but, oh well.

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