How is your sermon coming along for this week? If you’re using the Revised Common Lectionary, you may be exploring Matthew 18 with its instructions for reconciling with someone with whom you have a grievance. We’d like it to be as simple as offering a flower, or sending a puppy as a proxy. But it’s often not so simple. Are you connecting Matthew’s gospel with the anxious world in which we live right now?

Perhaps instead you’re looking at one of the other lectionary texts. Or maybe this week is part of a sermon series for you. If you need to jumpstart your thinking, take a look at our Lectionary Leanings column from earlier in the week. And if you are still putting together the surface, this week’s Worship Words might give you a starting point.

You are invited to share your works-in-progress, your questions, your frustrations, your ideas that may or may not make it into the sermon. You’ll find supportive conversation in this group.


Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.


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2 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party – Reconciliation 101

  1. It’s communion Sunday where we are. The last two weeks we (the youth leader who preached last Sunday, and I, who preached the week before for the Katrina anniversary) went off lectionary with Old Testament passages. This week I am weaving together an Old Testament lesson neither of us used, from Exodus 3 (Who shall I say sent me? I AM) with a New Testament lesson from Matthew 16 (Who do you say that I am?), both from those two weeks we went off lectionary. They are from two different Sundays, but by golly, they go together! Not to be grandiose or anything, but I think Jesus’ question is the most important question a Christian can face!

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