If sermon ideas are hard to come by, you could try the strategy employed by the carver of this Pictish standing stone: just add a lot of animals, and nice hand mirror just for fun.

It’s time again to sermonise! For this second Sunday in Lent, what are you up to? The RCL offers us a variety of ways to lift our eyes to a new way…..the NL ponders what our answer might be if Jesus asked us “What do you want me to do for you?” Or perhaps you’re in the midst of a Lenten series, like the one from Backstory Preaching or from A Sanctified Art or that you’ve created for your context.

Whatever you’re working on today, you’re welcome here! Our virtual table is open (where we can share snacks and ideas without worrying about germs), and we’d love to know what thoughts, phrases, songs, seeds, or roadblocks are part of your sermon prep this week. Let’s get this party started!


Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland. She lives along the beautiful Firth of Clyde, where once again the weekend will be marked by a storm adding rain and obscuring the view…but there’s always macaroni pie as a consolation. She is co-author of Who’s Got Time: spirituality for a busy generationWho’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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14 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party — Lenting it up

  1. Saturday evening 10.15 pm and just finished the sermon, on Mark 10 in the Narrative Lectionary
    now to find/write a prayer of intercession. the person rostered might not be at worship as his wife is in hospital. i tried asking another person, but no reply.
    Preached at World Day of Prayer yesterday in the local Roman Catholic Church. The Priest asked that I robe, lots of positive comments on the href=”https://apearldownunder.blogspot.com/2020/03/wegather-with-people-around-world.html#links”>sermon, i suspect some had never heard a woman preach before, and i doubt many women have preached in that building. The local ministers Association includes the Catholic Priest so we see each other most months.
    Tomorrow afternoon is an ordination about an hour away. i don’t have a role to play other than hopefully attending, but will see how tired i am after the 2 morning services.
    Monday evening a seminar in the city [about 90 minutes away] by Bishop Ric Thorpe from Britain on Church Planting. Pity about my day off, i will get half of it at least.
    now to find a prayer, and get some sleep.

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  2. If anyone out there is preaching John 3, I have had a thought. More like, a conviction. I just don’t believe that Nicodemus jumps on the one, literal interpretation of _anothen_. He is a Pharisee, who’s spent his life seeking understanding of scripture– which comes as history, and law, but also as poetry, song, and metaphor. Surely he sees that. Is anyone else trending in this direction? One reason I think this, is, Jesus’ first response to him seems to me to indicate that, based on Nicodemus’ opening statement, Nic does indeed “see the kingdom of God,” and therefore, has been/ is being born _anothen_. I think Nicodemus’ statement about “how can I re-enter my mother’s womb” is… playful. Designed to get Jesus talking more. Not really a statement of someone in a small mental box.

    I’d love to hear where others are on this.

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    1. Pat, I am intrigued by your ‘conviction’ and really like the direction it takes us in. This time around I see Nic recognizing God’s work in and through Jesus and not quite knowing what to make of it and so he goes to this teacher looking for more. A literal, physical (earthly) Kingdom is what God’s people were expecting so Nic is rightfully perplexed. Jesus challenges what he has learned and knows, making him think and wrestle with flesh and spirit, born anew/again/from above. And Nic does just that as evidenced in John 7:50, 19:39!!! His journey is strikingly like our own. The challenge for us today is much the same: accepting, embracing, and embodying God’s love for the world ~ the belovedness of ALL people. And all means all❤️

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    2. I like your thinking. I’ve gotten stuck on the idea of dancing in the dark, kind of like Holy Spirit perichoresis. Playing with words and meaning is sort of like dancing. Some have said anothen is a pun, which would fit with Nicodemus’ response being playful.

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  3. We’re working with the Sanctified Art materials which I really love. I’m trying to tie John 3 and Psalm 121 together. I want to say something about how much we do out of fear. I have a better grip on the blessing of the Psalm right now and need to bring in John and Wilderness. I have to go work a Girl Scout cookie booth with my daughter. Then I hope to write. I have lots of ideas floating in my head, but very little down yet. –Wendy

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  4. I’m reworking and repurposing and revising a whole sermon series for Lent, on spiritual disciplines. It’s been a doozy of a week here, so I was grateful to not be starting from scratch. This week is on prayer, and I’m picking up the Matthew 6 passage that was in the lectionary for Ash Wednesday (which we did not observe at our place).

    But one of my local colleagues had an insight that I thought was worth pondering: if prayer is conversation with God, and if we believe Jesus is fully divine, then is Nicodemus praying in this John 3 conversation? Maybe some of you will find that a helpful thought.

    I’ve been to an excellent Presbytery meeting this weekend, which was inspiring and uplifiting, but now I am tired. I have a few things yet to prepare for tomorrow, but for a few minutes, I’m going to rest.

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  5. I am doing a series on the lectionary psalms and how each teaches us about prayer. So I am preaching Psalm 121 and the need to practice the presence of God while we’re on the journey, while we’re going up one hill and facing another, to say, God is with me. It’s Girl Scout Sunday so trying to tie pilgrimage to the temple in with camping! We’ll see how that goes…

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  6. I am thanking God for a sustainable sermon that does not suck in my files! It contrasts the seemingly quick decision of Abram with the seemingly more deliberate Nicodemus & how each of those journeys of faith is valid. Whew! Just punching it up a bit and I can have a cocktail with dinner tonight.

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    1. Your comment just made me wonder if I had a previous sermon on this week’s NL text….and yes, I do. However, it is about 50% a quote from MLK’s drum major instinct sermon. 🤣🤣
      Of course it’s still good. And the ending even hints at something I’ve been thinking about focusing on this week. But now I’m wondering whether in my radically different context now, compared to four years ago, I can tweak? Or should I just suck it up and write new in the morning?

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      1. Rather than jump around on the RCL I’ve been working through Matthew since January. I was in chapter 14 when Lent began and decided to select some of the prayer texts leading up to the Passion for Lent. This week I’m in chapter 15 with the canaanite womans prayer “have mercy.” I’ve been reflecting on how beaten down she was that she didn’t blink when called a dog…and wondering about who is like that in our world….who we don’t even see….let alone consider with a degree of mercy. Drinking minterwonderland tea and bringing cannoli to the party.

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  7. I’m doing a series – Entering the Passion of Jesus based on AJ Levine’s book. This week is the temple incident, the theme is risking anger. I’m thinking about our complicated relationship with anger as an emotion – both our own and others. Do we allow ourselves to get angry? Do we allow other people to be angry? And how does gender and race play into who is allowed to be angry. Still miles to go before I sleep.

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  8. This may make you smile, I’m making a comparison between Abram’s response to God’s call, likening it to Ethan Hunt of Mission Possible or James Bond, leaping immediately into action without question or hesitation. God bless your brains, as you prepare and offer your prophetic message.

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