We’ve done it. Travelled the journey of Lent. Moved through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and (for some of us) The Great Vigil of Easter. Now, we’re headed to Easter morning. What will you be preaching on this morning? Are you compelled to tell the story from the perspective of the women? The one’s who risked everything to say near Jesus through the trial, the crucifixion, the tomb, and now the first to see the risen Jesus? Some years I do that. Some years I tell the story I may share this year…the story of the fox family who lived under my deck….you can read it here Fox Story.

Well, many of us, including me are in the middle of Good Friday services when this edition posts, with Holy Saturday to go, it is not yet Easter. But here we are, thinking, writing, praying, wondering.  I will be here as I am able to host the preacher party. Pull up a chair for a bit, have some coffee or tea, and let’s party.


The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.

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18 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Easter

  1. It is a beautiful sunny day here in the Scottish Borders; we are planning a quiet Saturday – a short message will be written and then I plan to be out in the garden – giving the wooden furniture a coat of oil or sealant (depending on which piece!) and then pulling weeds…

    We have hot cross buns to share…


  2. I was thinking of writing about angels and earthquakes, but tweaked an earlier Easter sermon, one of the joys of moving a few years ago. Tomorrow starts early with an ecumenical Sunrise service at the local surf club at 6.00 am, all i have to do si the welcome 🙂
    Sermon is posted here, then we will sing ‘He Came Singing Love’ by Colin Gibson.
    After our second Sunday service [number 3 tomorrow with sunrise] we will say goodbye to a wonderful couple who are moving to live with family. Then home to a slow roasted lamb shoulder to share with friends.


  3. I am here with a half-baked draft. As I was musing over the texts I noticed how many times but was used (NRSV) and that little nugget stayed with me. I dared to wonder if I could call my sermon title “Holy But’s”. As I was doing further exegesis, I came across an article by Ted Wardlow (pres of APTS) and he noticed the same thing and went so far as to call them defiant but’s…so my sermon title has one more word now.

    My hope to preach hope in a world where so much is broken, angry, hurt, blind, and filled with injustice…

    Easter Egg hunt this afternoon.
    Blessings to all of you.


  4. I’ve been up since 6am, EDT in the USA. I’ve made two cakes for Easter dinner – a milk free cake for my daughter who’s avoiding milk and dairy (not eggs) because she’s breast feeding her son and he seems to be reacting to something in dairy. That cake is a coconut-lime cake. Then I made a second cake, a lime pound cake that is still in the oven. I also gave myself a manicure because getting out for one is not going to happen this year.

    Now I’m slugging down a quick cup of coffee and bowl of cereal before I head back to church to set up for the Great Vigil and Easter. We have one long service tonight (GV) which will be in English and Arabic and including two congregations (the one I serve and the Arabic Lutheran church that we are building relationship with ).

    The homily tonight will be St. Chrysostom’s Easter sermon preached by the Arabic speaking Curate (priest in training) and in English by the Deacon/intern. This will be a our third English-Arabic service (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and now the GV).

    Following the service there will be a pot-luck supper. It will be a long night. But, only one service tomorrow. Ergo, I am reprising my Fox Story sermon for tomorrow. It’s a good one and we’ll have excited kids so the service needs to move along and be engaging. I’ll check in as I am able. Blessings, all!


  5. With all my Easter Vigil prep craziness running around in my head– this is my first time as solo clergy in this parish with little history of the Vigil– I’m having a tough time thinking about tomorrow’s sermon. It’ll be short. That’s all I know. Something about gardens, new creation, recognition and exploded expectations. We’ll see later.


    1. In my experience short is better on these big feast days. Way to excited kiddos and no one really cares about a long homily – just some solid theological substance about God’s love prevailing in and through human flesh, even when we try to kill it off, God prevails. My homily in a sentence. LOL

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  6. Worn out from the last 2 nights, and tomorrow is 6:38 (yes!), 9, and 11. Sustainable sermon framed by the image of the Notre Dame cross in the rubble. Our evening services were well attended and moving, and I am very happy for choir and musicians that their efforts have been so well received, and for the congregation that fully half of our usual worshippers were able to sink into the stories of Thursday and Friday. And for myself! that no pastoral or personal emergencies have md it [possible for me to pace myself. Wishing you all a peaceful day.

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  7. I’m leading off with quotes from the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was on Cuomo’s program on CNN Tuesday night talking about the “Paschal mystery” of new life coming out of death, the resiliency of the human spirit, and the determination of the French people (and the whole world, for that matter) to rebuild Notre Dame after the catastrophic fire on Monday at the start of Holy Week. The church where I’m preaching lost its sanctuary in another catastrophic fire (lightning strike) eleven years ago almost to the day before the Notre Dame fire. They have built a new sanctuary, much different from the old one, and have been in it for several years. Again, new life out of death. This church didn’t have enough money from the insurance to rebuild, so it was a challenge to raise the funds to do all the work. Resiliency, rebirth, hope in the face of grief.

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  8. No vigil for me, so just working on finally getting to my sermon for tomorrow morning. I was struck this time through by Mary mistaking Jesus for the gardener. And then I found a number of great (older) artworks showing just that, including Rembrandt’s Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene (https://www.artbible.info/art/large/528.html), with Jesus complete with floppy garden hat and trowel ready to go out and get planting. I’ve got lots of thoughts about how maybe this wasn’t so much of a mistake after all (including all of Jesus’s parables about planting and all the prophets comparing the restored Israel to a garden in the desert), but I can’t seem to get anything together into a coherent sermon form. Of course it’s probably not helping that here in Georgia it is 40-something degrees and rainy – not exactly a day that encourages gardening! However, the dogs must be walked, so perhaps something on our outing will provide inspiration.


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