So many ideas, so pretty….so hard to make out just one!

Hello friends! Somehow, it’s July. For some the turning of the calendar will mean trying to balance a national holiday with Sunday worship. For others it will mean school holidays have finally arrived. For still others it will mean the days are finally getting longer and there’s hope at the end of the winter tunnel.

Whatever this first Sunday in July brings (RCL? The NL psalms? A series? A day off?), this is the place to share your ideas, your hopes and despairs, your seeds of sermons or children’s talks, and of course your snacks! I have a plum crisp to share, because I made one for Bible Study this week, and then the next day my produce box arrived with loads more plums so I had to make another. 😉

Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland. She lives along the beautiful Firth of Clyde, but spent Wednesday on the other side of the country at Holyrood Palace wearing an amazing “hatinator,” sipping tea, chatting to strangers, and trying to get a glimpse of the Queen, because sometimes ministry is awesome. She is co-author of Who’s Got Time: spirituality for a busy generation, a board member of RevGalBlogPals, and a contributor to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.

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13 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: how is it July? edition

  1. Teri, I was in Edinburgh in early July years ago and remember the Queen’s garden party at Holyrood Palace. Someone told me at the time that “it always rains for the Queen’s garden party.” How did it go this year? So glad you were there, sipping tea and talking to strangers and trying to get a glimpse of the Queen!


    1. That’s funny because last week people were saying somehow it’s always sunny for the garden party! Lol.
      It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. We had a fantastic time. 🙂


  2. I’m at the end of 2 weeks much-needed vacation, and while I have some renewed energy, I really want to kick back and enjoy this last day! I’m on for the more interactive, shorter service, so it’s a bit easier; I’ve gotten some good ideas from the internet…thank goodness for the ability to spark my imagination from the creativity of others. I’ll do something on not being alone in doing God’s work and shaking off the dust when something doesn’t go the way we’d hoped.
    We have fabulous ripe peaches on our tree, a wonderful treat; enjoy one 🙂 And because I’m in the land of earthquakes (and am just fine), please join me in praying for all those who have suffered damage and are filled with anxiety.

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  3. Does anyone have children sermons ideas for Luke? I know there are a lot out there but dollar tree kids sermons and worshipping with children just aren’t inspiring me today. My sermon is focused more on the idea of being able to say no and shake the dust off your feet than the hospitality aspects which is why I think the usual sites aren’t doing it. I was thinking of books, so if anyone has book ideas in particular that would be awesome!


    1. We are using that story for one of the days of our holiday club, and doing a sort of follow-the-leader/Simon-says type activity, to talk about the importance of following jesus’ instructions. Maybe there’s a way to make that into a children’s time?

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  4. I’m doing a summer series on spiritual gifts…this week talking about the gifts of prophecy and justice, using Luke 4 (Jesus in his hometown synagogue) to illustrate both gifts. I haven’t decided how to begin, and therefore nothing is written, but I did read a whole 750 page novel today, so I suppose now it’s nearly 7pm I should spend some brain power on work! Or maybe first I should bring the washing in and do some dishes and maybe check Twitter…. 😉

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  5. I once again find myself driving home with my kids from my mom’s in Arizona on Saturday, so I can preach on Sunday. I have been thinking about this sermon for weeks, and have about a third of it drafted. It will have to do for now. I’m using Naaman and tying the simplicity of washing in the Jordan with the seeming simplicity of our sacraments and other things God asks us to do. But first, lunch with mom (maybe also a simple and holy thing) and then a 6 hour drive with a stop at the outlet mall to buy kids’ shoes.
    Also, Ridgecrest, CA, the epicenter of the recent quakes, is about 120 miles from us, and it is in our Presbytery and we’ve all felt the earthquakes, so there is also that to consider.


    1. Oh my. Long drives, outlet malls, shopping with kids, and earthquakes is more than enough for one day. I hope that when writing time comes, it all flows smoothly! Drive safely!


  6. I’m preaching from Philemon. It’s the third Sunday of a sermon series I’m doing on Christian Community. The title is Real Partners. Speaking to the early church focus on equality. Trying to create an atmosphere of confidence and joy as to who and whose we are prior to taking sabbatical for 16 weeks beginning in September.


  7. I think I have just drafted a sermon I will not dare to preach. It has to do with when we wonder if it is time to shake the dust off our feet. It has been a discouraging few weeks. I guess I’d better turn to something I can preach!


  8. Maybe this will be helpful to someone: it’s some interesting thoughts on tomorrow’s RCL gospel from a retired NT professor. Read in the comments for a note on wiping–not shaking–the dust off one’s feet, which was a distinction I hadn’t noticed!


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