11th Hour Preacher’s Party: Prayer

In the Episcopal Church one is invited to observe a Holy Lent by self-examination and repentance through prayer, fasting, self denial, and meditating on God’s holy Word. Each time I’ve preached I have focused on one of the above: fasting, self-examination, self-denial, and this Sunday, prayer. There has always been a connection to readings for… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Observing a Holy Lent, the covenant edition

Photo by Terri C. Pilarski What does it mean to observe a Holy Lent? Does one give something up or take something on? I’m thinking about giving something up. Or, maybe it’s taking something on? Which ever, it began on Ash Wednesday when I threw out the sermon I wrote and preached from my heart,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Forgive

When I work with congregations experiencing conflict the Matthew 18 reading is one of the primary lessons we reflect on. Everyone acknowledges both the importance of forgiveness and the challenges of forgiving. One of the key aspects of forgiveness that needs to be upheld is accountability. It is one thing to love as God asks… Read More