I don’t know about you, preachers, but I almost always can use a little extra hope. I spent Friday morning on a hike at a nearby state park that experienced a large-scale fire in 2011. It burned innumerable pine trees, which mostly still stand as bare trunks. But, in a testament to resiliency and resurrection, new pine trees are growing. They nourished my spirit with hope.

Bastrop SP
Photo by Monica Smith, 2019, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, TX

Does your congregation need a word of hope? Let’s help each other find that word. Revised Common Lectionary, Narrative Lectionary, stewardship season, sermon series that seemed like a good idea at the time, and that tricky children’s time all come together at the Preacher Party. Join in to share ideas and ask for help.

Peace be with you, preachers.


Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.


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7 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Hope Edition

  1. Preaching an All Saints Sunday sermon. The lectionary readings for All Saints Day Year C sucked (can I say that?) so I am going with Romans 8:38-39. You can’t go wrong with Romans 8. Okay, you can, but there is so much there to preach on! Focusing on words of comfort. Nothing can separate us from the love of God — it’s God’s love for us, not ours for God. Not even our wavering faith can separate us from that love. It will be a short sermon because we will have a time of prayer of thankful remembrance plus communion.


  2. My sermons are usually expository, but I’m going topical this time because I can’t for the life of me remember why I thought the Ephesians text for All Saints would be a good way to kick off a three-sermon series on enduring. Spent a couple of hours setting up the candles and paraments after meeting with a bride and groom and putting away all the trunk-or-treat stuff I didn’t get to yesterday. Come, Holy Spirit, come – I could really use a nap.


    1. I have those “what was I thinking?!?!” moments allllllll the time. I hope the Spirit shows up soon, so you can get a nap or at least an early bedtime.

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    2. Thanks to Jan Richardson and Steve Garnaas-Holmes, it is finished! https://wp.me/p2U45T-wm
      Looking forward to that extra hour of sleep tonight, because I just remembered that while I was changing banners and setting out candles, I forgot to bring down the handbells we use to honor the saints we remember. Hope the key to the handbells closet is where it belongs! Good night, preachers.

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  3. Im sticking with Luke 19 because it is part of the UCC stewardship stuff and we are putting the inserts in our bulletin, but I am really not feeling the connection or the Holy Spirit right now. For the Children’s song I am thinking of teaching the Zacchaeus song,but I don’t know what else all to go with it. Thoughts, ideas, inspiration to share? Thanks in advance!


    1. FWIW, I think kids identify w/Zacchaeus (whose name I apparently cannot spell correctly) because of his shortness. You might make a connection for them that Jesus saw and noticed Z maybe even because of his shortness; Jesus sees them, etc. Sometimes I just can’t get the children’s moment to be very entertaining, and rather than a stretch they won’t understand, I just try to be direct.


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