DSCN0564Over in the Facebook Group, there was some discussion about the tasks we manage to get done when there is a sermon to be written. Procrastination, oddly enough, seems to result in good productivity in other areas of life.
What about you this week? Have you been putting off writing – or is your sermon done and dusted – as much as it can be anyway?

If you haven’t started, or need help pulling threads together, the RCL and NL posts from earlier in the week might help. The preacher’s party is for the early writers who bring inspiration and the procrastinators who need some prompting. Please share how you’re tackling the texts this week – indeed – which texts are you preaching? You may have the key that unlocks someone else’s creativity. So let’s share what we have and ask for what we need – sermon ideas, time with children, stewardship, whatever else might be on your plate this week. Preaching the word is a task best achieved in community, so let’s make that happen together.

Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland.  A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, one of the instigators of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling.


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18 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Wisdom and Longing

  1. I’ve got this outline so far:
    1. When to be quiet? Speak up.
    2. Go ahead and cry out. “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
    3. But then you have to listen for the answer.
    4. And then… follow on the way. Follow Jesus’s way.

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  2. We’re celebrating Reformation Sunday, but I’m still using the Mark 10 Gospel. Not sure whether it will end up being more of a sermon about reformation/reforming and the continued movement of the Spirit, or something specific to the text. Looking forward to gleaning some ideas from all of you!

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  3. Good morning! First funeral this morning at new congregation. Family unhappy because I don’t sing liturgy and because former pastor can’t come back. Hoping that they are so focused on their memories and family love (there’s a lot of it) that they forget all about me.

    Reformation sermon using Bartimaeus passage to focus on new vision. I slid pretty easily into the national situation, esp. on how we are asked to see Jesus embodied in the refugees in the caravan. I probably need to go back and add a paragraph for this interim congregation on how we are asked to see anew during this time of transition.

    It will be interesting. Last week in the comment box, someone wrote that I didn’t really preach a sermon. I suspect that if I hadn’t taken that time to introduce myself, there would have been a comment to the effect that I should have done that. So we’ll see what happens when I preach a real sermon.

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  4. Just got back from a week out of town. Had to give the scriptures and sermon title for the bulletin before I left. Mark passage, title “Leaving Jericho.” Jesus’ encounter with Bartimaeus occurred when he was leaving Jericho, which just gets a swift here-and-gone in Mark. Now what do I write? Sitting on the porch with my morning coffee, I started to write the intro in my head: when you are focused on some big event in your future with a specific date (like Jesus focused on going to Jerusalem), everything else feels like a distraction. So when Jesus is on his way out of town, here’s this guy yelling, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” But it’s too soon to call Jesus Son of David — that title will come when he rides into Jerusalem. So everyone is saying “Hush!” lest the Roman soldiers hear him. And then? Stay tuned.

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  5. OK, I think I have an outline! First, go to Jesus – have an encounter with the divine (examples of Bartimaeus, Luther, and the students who will be confirmed tomorrow). Then, follow Jesus – respond to the encounter (same examples). This is a model of living our faith.

    Time to turn the outline into coherent thoughts sentences! I’ve got plenty of tea to share if it helps you in your writing 🙂

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  6. I’m struggling to put Bartimaeus and Tree of Life together… What I had before isn’t going to work. I’m thinking of something along the lines of “use your words…” Crying out… Words have real power for good or ill, and we need to be conscious of how we use them – and make sure we do, in fact, cry out when crying out has to be done. We sure need healing… Anyone have any thoughts to share?

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    1. Yes, we need to cry out when crying out has to be done! Bart’s tenacity, his faith, his willingness to make a scene when the crowds tried to shush him because his hunger for mercy was so great– What’s the significance of Jesus not going directly to him? Why did Jesus use “them” (disciples? the crowds?) to relay the message?
      Bart is calling Jesus, Jesus calls him.
      Who around me is crying out for Jesus’s mercy? When am I/are we guilty of shushing them or ignoring them? When are we messengers of encouragement who enable the beggars to meet Jesus? When are we the ones crying out for mercy? Who shushes us? What does it look like to persist, to throw down our possessions and follow Jesus, having been transformed?
      All these questions came to mind as I read your post. Thanks for priming the pump!

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  7. I hadn’t written anything by the afternoon, but with the Reformation texts in my head, I had been thinking about what Jesus continues to free us from (John 8) I’m in the U.S., and after the explosives in the mail this week and the shooting at the synagogue today, I’m going to name how our freedom that we have through faith is not Americanized/western freedom, but for neighbor and stranger. I am not a singer, but I think I can sing a verse of Desmond Tutu’s hymn “Goodness is Stronger than Evil” that is being shared tonight in response and talk about how through Jesus, God continues to bring redemption to us, individually and as the big-C church, naming the redeeming act of committing Matthew Shepard’s remains to rest at the National Cathedral, and how we respond to hate with love. I reached out to a friend and will ask my congregation to write notes of encouragement to send to his dad’s temple in the city nearest to us.

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  8. Checking in late. I’ve had a whirlwind of a weekend and am still processing. Our Presbytery met in a border town this weekend. We spent Friday morning learning and doing mission. I was with a group that visited a center that houses refugee families, some of whom have just been reunited after detention. We met people from the Congo, El Salvador, and Eritrea. Then some more learning and listening in the afternoon. It was all heartbreaking and inspiring and….well, I still need to think about it. Then a Presbytery meeting for which I had some responsibilities and got more of them (funny how that works). And a long drive home. It was a great weekend, but whew.

    Sermon? No words written yet. It’s mostly clear in my head. I’m thinking about the call and response among Jesus, the disciples, and Bartimaeus. And tying in Reformation Sunday with the Reformed understanding that God always acts first, and we respond. And somehow figuring out how that works.

    Also thinking I might cut the sermon a bit short in order to leave more time for prayer regarding the events of the week and today. (We stopped our meeting today and prayed when we learned of the synagogue shooting).

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  9. I ask prayers! Nothing is coming together for me. I am sad, angry, lost, losing hope that any reformation will happen, in the church or in the world. I cannot put words to it except grief, anger, and despair. I’ve got to preach SOMETHING tomorrow and “Lord, have mercy” is too short.

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    1. I am right with you Kelly. Hearing the president claim that “it would have gone better” for the synagogue if they had been “prepared” (armed) made my blood run cold. It is hard to preach good news out of the interior blankness I am feeling.

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  10. I am just finishing up writing here at 22:13 in Alaska. I focused on 1) the history of anti-Jewish sentiment in Lutheran history and 2) the idea that the devastation that God will bring to the world is the end of war (Psalm 46). It’s also my last Sunday after 10 years in this call. I’m anticipating a lot of crying tomorrow. And I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the children’s moment. Normally, I’ve given that much more thought, but it’s been a full week.

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