11th Hour Preacher Party: Mid-October (!) Edition

It’s long been my experience that October and February are the busiest months in church world. I think it’s the preparation work for Advent and Lent, respectively. Also an element of “let’s schedule things now, before Advent/Lent.” This October has further confirmed that my theory holds true, even in pandemic-tide. Somehow, it’s already mid-October, and… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Things We Can’t Forget Edition

There are things we can forget, at least for a little while (just for instance, posting the Preacher Party at the correct time). But there are things that we can’t forget to do, at least not for very long: eat, drink water, sleep. And, “write a sermon” falls on that list of things we can’t… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Look Up Edition

Hello, preaching friends. It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party, ready for whenever your eleventh hour comes upon you. The Revised Common Lectionary post has some good thought-provokers. If you’re still putting together bulletins, slide shows, or other liturgical pieces, check out our Worship Words post, too. Share your ideas, your questions, your “what was I… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Intricate and Orderly

Whenever your 11th hour arrives, the preacher party is here! Revised Common Lectionary post is available for your perusal and conversation.  Or maybe you’re doing a series? Or something else creative? I wish my sermons could be as intricate, yet orderly and symmetrical, as this spider lily that blooms in our backyard. Monica Thompson Smith… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Ordinary Edition

“Ordinary” in the usual sense of the word? Not hardly. But we enter “ordinary time” this week, for those traditions that follow the liturgical calendar. Some might call it “Sundays after Pentecost,” but it’s the long (at least it seems long by the end) season in which we count Sundays after Pentecost and before Christ… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Digital Worship Edition

The 11th Hour Preacher Party, in recognition that the 11th hour has been moved to earlier in the week for many preachers, is moving to Wednesday evening (U.S. time). As always, share your thoughts, desires, questions, needs, and snacks here at the party. Lectionary posts also moved earlier in the week, so you’ll find the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Early in the Morning…

It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party, but it’s hard to measure the 11th hour anymore. Some of us are recording services in advance. Some are still working on Good Friday services. Some are trying to figure out to hold an Easter Vigil. Regardless, on Sunday morning, while it is still dark, the women will go… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Lent 3

Third Sunday of Lent. C’mon, friends, we can do it! Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary posts are ready for your perusal. Or maybe you’re doing a series for Lent. Or maybe there’s a choir program. Whatever the case, you’re welcome at the 11th Hour Preacher Party, as always! Share ideas, concerns, and/or questions. And… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Making the Best of It

Last Saturday, I spent the day at an all-day meeting for my Presbytery. But, to make the best of it, I left home early enough to enjoy an hour at the beach nearby! (Incidentally, this portion of our coast was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They are still in recovery from physical damage… Read More