11th Hour Preacher Party: a party of preachers edition

Hello, preachers! At my house, three preachers are heading out to meet a fourth for dinner. We have Preacher Party host Liz Crumlish from Scotland visiting at the Manse where my wife and live in South Central Pennsylvania, and I am filling in for her this week. Liz will be preaching for the congregation kathrynzj… 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: the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edition!

That’s right! It’s Transfiguration Sunday! (Confession: I’m being completely sarcastic. I find Transfiguration one of the most difficult Sundays to preach; in fact, I’m ignoring it and preaching on Mark 2:1-12, which doesn’t make it into the RCL this year). But, if you love Transfiguration, or are preaching about it anyway, Rachael Keefe’s reflection will… 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

Preacher Party: Heatwave Edition

  image from weather.com for Albany Ok, its 55-60 degrees up here in Albany NY, and after -10/15 windchills, we are enjoying are heatwave up here. That means lots of time out and about, after weeks of hibernating, and getting some energy out. Unfortunately, this means there are still sermons to be written! (Plus there’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Christmas is Gone Edition

Christmas is over, that much is clear. But the calendar is otherwise confusing: Epiphany Sunday? Baptism of the Lord? Check our Revised Common Lectionary post for some insights (and this time, definitely read the comments). Narrative Lectionary preachers have some possibilities from John 1 to consider. What else is on your plate? Packing up Christmas… 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