11th Hour Preacher Party: Calling All Disciples

Here we are in Ordinary Time or Weeks after the Epiphany. Being in the US, today was rather extraordinary as a new President and Vice President have been sworn in. I am filled with emotion. And sermons still need to be preached. Disciples are being called. What will your call be? In the Narrative Lectionary… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Hello, preaching friends! Some of you have already, or are, recording a sermon. Some of you are still in the midst of preparation. How can we help? Ideas? Adaptations? Children’s Time? Share this preaching moment here. 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: Where Do We Go from Here?

As you watched, no doubt with horror, the violence that took place in the United States capitol today, you may have found yourself shredding your partially written sermon and wondering how you can possibly preach into this abyss. There are no tidy answers here, but we can keep one another company as we struggle with… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Christmas Leftovers Edition

What do you do with the second Sunday after Christmas? Do you get a jump start on Epiphany, or sing all the Christmas carols that somehow haven’t been sung yet this season? Is this the Sunday for a much-needed vacation, or the Sunday to start a new preaching series for 2021? Does your congregation observe… Read More

Preaching on Christmas Day 2020

First off, let me say that some congregations and some pastors love Christmas Day. I served such a group for 10 years. The 20-30 people who gathered on the morning of the 25 wanted to be there. They craved the lights up, coffee brewing, less-frequently sung hymns, and reading of John 1. I loved it… Read More

CHRISTMAS!!! The Preacher Party to keep you going through this week.

In this Year of Covid nothing is as normal. nothing. at. all. nothing. Some of you may already have all you services pre-recorded; others will be “going live” on the day. And some, like me, may be somewhere in between. I have a live service tomorrow where we will attempt to do a “DIY Isolation… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent 4 Edition

The year continues to move on. Here we are at Advent 4. Are you lighting the candle for Love? We are doing Peace at our place. Whether you are preaching Narrative Lectionary, Revised Common Lectionary, or something else altogether, we are here to help. What do you need? Sermon illustrations? Time with the Children? A… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Spirit Sightings

Fellow preachers, how is your sermon? If you’re preaching from The Narrative Lectionary, perhaps you’re sharing the promise that God’s spirit will be poured out upon God’s people. If you’re in the Revised Common Lectionary, you may be hearing John the Baptist’s words that the coming Christ will baptize with the spirit. Or perhaps you’re… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – Thanksgiving and Advent edition

Over here in Scotland, it is Thursday morning – it isn’t Thanksgiving where I am – but I do know lots of my sisters and colleagues will be celebrating today – not how they would have originally planned. but still, finding ways to give thanks in this weird and crazy year. For me, today’s recording… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: New Year’s Eve

Here we are at our last Sunday before the Liturgical Year begins again. Will you do Christ the King or Reign of Christ? This is one of the years that US Thanksgiving comes between this week and Advent 1. Will you be thinking about gratitude? I spoke Monday to a women’s group about Gratitude in… Read More