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

11th Hour Preacher Party: God Doesn’t Play by Our Rules

Dear preacher friends, how is your sermon? Are you in the Narrative Lectionary, sitting on a hill with Jonah, railing against God for having the audacity to be merciful? Are you in the Revised Common Lectionary with Jesus, questioning our readiness for God’s coming? If you’re in the US, are you trying to find a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Change and Legacy

This week many Protestant congregations celebrate Reformation Sunday. For my congregation, I think it’s third only after Christmas Eve and Easter. It’s important enough that we have planned a 2-week experiment in gathering outside just in time for Reformation Sunday (and rain is forecast for the first time in months for exactly and only that… Read More