Barn Swallow from Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon
Barn Swallow from Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon (1785 – 1851), etched by Robert Havell (1793 – 1878). 

Here in California, summer lingers even as school has started and fall products are beginning to appear. How do we keep going? What will we say in these times? What do your people need to hear?

During this long stretch or Ordinary Time or the Sundays after Pentecost, will you follow the Revised Common Lectionary? I’m intrigued by a possible connection between Joshua asking “whole will you serve” and declaring ” we will serve the Lord” and Peter responding ” To whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life…” There is also Solomon and Swallows finding nests in the Psalms and armor imagery. The RCL discussion is here this week.

Are you working through a series? We’re doing the A Sanctified Art’s I’ve been Meaning to Ask series. I’ll be preaching on the second question, “Where Does it Hurt?” We’d love to hear what you are doing.

Are you supply preaching for someone on vacation? If so, how can we help?

And so, preachers, what will you say? What do your people need to hear?

Whether you are preaching Revised Common Lectionary, a series, or something else altogether, we are here to help. What do you need? Sermon illustrations? Time with the Children? A way to wrap things up? People to help you untangle ideas or find commentary? Let us know; we will help as we can.

I will be checking in regularly (as I am able) today and tomorrow and continue checking in through Saturday night.

Image: Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. Barn Swallows, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.[retrieved August 18, 2021]. Original source:,_digitally_enhanced_by_rawpixel-com_173.jpg.

Wendy Lamb works as a commissioned pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Southern California and teaches college English classes at a local community college. She occasionally blogs at Bookgirl.

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