11th Hour Preacher Party: Baptism Edition

It’s Baptism of the Lord Sunday in liturgical traditions, which means that some of us are incorporating a renewal of baptismal vows, some of us celebrating an actual baptism, some of us remembering baptism in another way, and some of us doing something different altogether. Whatever your plans for Sunday, welcome to the 11th Hour… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent Sunday of Peace

It’s the Sunday of Peace, except for my to-do list and calendar, which are not comporting themselves very peacefully. Yours? Regardless, onward we go to proclaim the good news. Revised Common Lectionary preachers can find a helpful post here, and Narrative Lectionary preachers, here. Maybe it’s cantata Sunday, or children’s pageant Sunday, or sermon-series-that-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time Sunday… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Ya Got a Sermon?

This ostrich seems to be asking, “Ya got a sermon in there?” (or, ahem, maybe I’m just feeling a little pressed to get mine written). Revised Common Lectionary preachers are considering scribes and widows, widows and prophets, orphans and widows. Check out a post and discussion here. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering the prophet Micah’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Imperfect Edition

  Hello, fellow imperfect preachers. Last week’s sermon was a mess? This week’s isn’t looking much better? It’s always possible to find at least *one* thing you could have said more clearly or delivered more energetically? Then, you’ve come to the right place! It’s the RevGalBlogPals 11th Hour Preacher Party! Bring your questions, ideas, beginnings… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Wilted, yet Blooming Edition

Pictured is an American Beauty Berry plant. Its berries turn this lovely color (plum? fuchsia?) in the fall here. Its leaves are wilted, because it has been hot and dry and dry and hot, most of the summer. (I took this photo last week. Thankfully, we’ve had some rain in the past few days). I’ve… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Simple Edition

Newman Castle, Bellville, TX, 2018. Photo by Monica Smith   Let’s keep it simple today, preachers. Share ideas. Rest a while. Ask for help. Pray with and for each other. Play. RCL post for this week Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Mashup Edition

We have an ice cream truck in our neighborhood. Last night, it played the following songs: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Deck the Halls,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” along with some others. It was quite the mashup of tunes. And this is quite the mashup of Sundays: Mother’s Day (in the U.S.), some of us will… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Greetings, Preaching Friends! It’s that time again: the eleventh hour. These seem to come regularly, approximately once a week or so, yes? Revised Common Lectionary preachers have yet another resurrection appearance, as well as some other options, which are discussed in Tuesday’s RCL post. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering Saul/Paul’s conversion story from Acts. What… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Changing Seasons

Seasons are changing! Lent is drawing to a close (well, closer to a close, anyway). Spring is coming in the Northern Hemisphere, and Fall arrives in the Southern. At our church, we’re journeying through Holy Week for all the Sundays of Lent, and this week brings Thursday (Mark’s account includes a Last Supper, Jesus’ arrest,… Read More