11th Hour Preacher Party: Always in season

Perversely, since I stepped out of parish/congregational ministry, I’ve fallen in love all over again with the texts that, week after week, speak into life and culture. Somehow, freed of the pressure of preaching every week, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the timeless relevance of Scripture in all that confronts the world and creation… 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’s Party: The Wisdom (or, uhm, not??) of Kings, Prophets, and Bread

    After years of storing our home baked communion bread in the freezer of the church kitchen, we had two Sunday’s this summer where we discovered the communion bread was gone. All of it. 9 loaves, twice. Taken, I imagine, by a homeless person who wandered in to the kitchen, which is also the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: beautiful things

It’s that time again….time to write a sermon! Or, for some of us, time to get ready for holiday club, or to figure out how to incorporate the past week of children’s programming/vacation bible school into a Sunday service, not knowing how many might appear. Or perhaps it’s time to confront the powers of the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Rooted and Grounded

“I pray that…Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” Ephesians 3:17 This is my favourite passage for beach walking. I’m fortunate enough to live just a few minutes from the beach and, most days, I can be found walking and meditating on this verse. It’s… 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