11th Hour Preacher Party: Abundant Abundance

It’s a week of abundant abundance, no matter which Old Testament stream you follow. Are you wrestling with God right now, as Jacob did? Or are you hearing Isaiah’s call of welcome to the feast of God’s people? Paul weeps for his “kindred according to the flesh” who seem to have missed out on the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Accelerated and Amplified

Are you finding that many things are accelerating and being amplified right now? Including our worship preparation? In many parts of the world, preachers are struggling to get materials online well ahead of their usual deadline, while others are working out how to manage safe in- person gatherings and still others, where it’s summer in… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sowing Seeds on Sunday

Welcome back to the sermon party. This summer seems to be flying by. Pentecost was 7 weeks ago?!? So here we are in the midst of Ordinary Time. Are you sowing seeds with the sower (Matthew 13)? Traveling with Jacob (Genesis 28)? Reminding folks that no matter where we are, God is there (Psalm 139)?… 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: You Who Are Weary

How is your sermon preparation going at this point in your week? If you are using the Revised Common Lectionary, did you feel the weariness in your bones when you read Jesus’s invitation in the gospel text? Did you sense God’s weariness with Job if you are preaching The Narrative Lectionary summer series? Or are… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Changing Seasons

This week the solstice occurs. Whether you are moving into Summer or Winter, what does the change in seasons mean this year? In the Liturgical calendar we have moved into the long green season of Ordinary Time (12th Ordinary, Proper 7, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost). As we continue to record services in my Southern California… 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: tricky maths

It’s Trinity Sunday this week (1+1+1=1, anybody?). There’s a lot going on in the world. What are you doing to draw people into worship, prayer, and faithful action this week? Is your service online? outdoors? some other way? Will you be following the lectionary, starting a series, addressing something particular? Whatever plans are forming, or… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Come, Holy Spirit!

UPDATE: The Preacher Party moved to Wednesday a few weeks ago, to accommodate preachers who are recording sermons earlier in the week for online worship. Since that post, riots have erupted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The spark igniting those riots may have been frustration over yet another death of a black man at… Read More