Narrative Lectionary: Transformative Encounter (John 4:1-42)

The Working Preacher Narrative Lectionary post for this week can be found here. In the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we see Jesus modelling a way of encountering others that is inviting, challenging, provoking, affirming, and, in the end transforming, not just for the one he encounters but for a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The offer of life

As ever, our texts this week, offer many opportunities to speak into the life of our world and the communities we serve. Discussions on the Narrative Lectionary Text can be found here, and on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings here. How about you? Where are you going with the word of life? Where are you… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The Incarnation

How are you sharing the good news of Emmanuel: God with us this weekend? Will you be preaching to congregations inflated by visitors or will you be feeding those on the margins? Have your Advent preparations built up to this proclamation or will you be relieved to emerge from chaos into Christmas eve and morning?… Read More

11th Hour Preachers Party: Community matters

This is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, the Reign of Christ in the RCL, with the text about “the least of these”. The blog post from earlier in the week can be found here. Or, in the NL, Jeremiah is cautioning the exiles to make themselves at home, seeking the prosperity of those… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Nailed It! *

Welcome to this week’s Preacher Party -(*and thanks to Marci Auld Glass for the title). Whether you are preaching from the NL (discussion here) or from the RCL (discussion here),whether you’re commemorating 500 years since the Reformation or celebrating All Saints, you are invited to bring what you have and to ask for what you… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Speak Up (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17)

You’ll find the Working Preacher Podcast for this week here. It was quite the conversation Moses had with YHWH when God called him to be involved in resolving the injustice that God’s people are caught up in as slaves in the land of Egypt. One might have imagined that, given his chequered history, Moses might… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: God always shows up

Come early or late, God is there. However circuitous our route, God is there. Going before us, holding out grace, welcoming us in no matter how we’ve tarried or travelled. God in all our meanderings, embracing us with love. Thanks be to God. Our readings this week in both the Narrative and RCL seem to point us… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: Always another way

The story of the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah and their subversion is one of my favourite bible stories. A story that is being played out all across the world today, where those who love God are finding ways to resist abuse of power. As ever, our texts speak right into our contemporary world. When we need more… Read More