In the beginning, it was a Saturday. One preacher emailed another, and they realized they were both online, and they kept sending little words of encouragement via the Internets. And it was good. God said so. And it crossed their minds that other RevGal preachers might need the same sort of cheering up as Saturday afternoon turned to evening, and thus the 11th Hour Preacher Party was born on July 1, 2006, and became our virtual banquet table.
One of the evening-long email festivals took place while my daughter and I were watching Shrek 2. Somehow the notion arose that a completed sermon delivered by the voice of Puss in Boots, Antonio Banderas himself, would be, as the MasterCard ads used to say, priceless. That movie also provided an illustration for this Sunday’s Luke text, a lesson about who belongs at the table for a celebratory meal.
As Rachael Keefe wrote in our RCL feature this week,
“The key to it all is a healthy humility. Not a humility that negates or devalues anyone. Instead, a humility that recognizes all as equals before God. A humility that values all human life and tries to see Christ in all.”
We’ve been throwing this party for more than thirteen years now and doing our best to value and welcome all. It’s been a place to make friends and get help and let off steam. And even though more of our collective conversation happens on Facebook these days, the party continues. What are you preaching this week? What ideas do you have for a children’s message? What’s keeping you from sitting down to write?
Let’s help each other find a good word this week!
Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community, and the forthcoming The Words of Her Mouth, a collection of psalms written by women faith leaders.
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