11th Hour Preacher Party: Humility and Hope Edition

As ever, the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary provide lots of choices for preaching this week.  There is also the opportunity to preach Reformation Sunday and, in some traditions, All Saints might be incorporated into this Sunday. Where are you finding good news this week? Where are you finding hope that can be… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Call and Response

I had the privilege of spending last weekend at the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly with around 70 18-25 year olds. Some of the issues we debated were: inclusion, accessibility, hate speech, missional communities, testimony and confirmation.  In our worship, we reflected on exclusion, lament and call. It was an inspiring, hope filled time,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Teach us to pray

There are some really interesting options in the RCL passages this week –  What’s in a name, in Hosea; Restoration and forgiveness in Psalm 85; What happens when a community forgets God in Genesis; Building on Christ’s foundation in Colossians and Teach us to pray in the gospel. Richness and diversity on a plate. What… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Love and Hope with a side of Faith

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting this week in Edinburgh. There has been an air of the spirit and a whiff of hope in much of the business as well as recognition of ordinary and extraordinary everyday acts of love and faith practiced by many. Like the inspiration of Lydia… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: There is no ”other”! (Acts 10:1-17; 34-35)

It started with food… It started with Peter… and a man named Cornelius… Peter, as we experience him  is always pretty black and white. In his mind he knew exactly what was acceptable and what was unacceptable. We see, at times, Jesus working very hard at trying to open Peter up to a whole new way of thinking. In this dream,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Over to you edition

I use the “Pray as you go” app on my morning commute. I’ve particularly enjoyed, this week that, each morning, the prayers have been firmly located within the Octave of Easter – each day has been named as Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday etc… As pastors, it’s tempting to rush on with the seasons. Indeed, towards… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: From where you are

Lots of emotive triggers in our texts this week, in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary. Themes of grief, grace, forgiveness, resourcefulness, compassion, empowerment, themes that cannot fail to speak into all our differing contexts. Knowing the context into which we are called to preach, do we have the courage to go… Read More