RCL: From Death to Life

This was originally posted at Write Out of Left Field Those little purple faces poking up next to the sidewalk on my way out of church on Sunday were nearly my undoing. Not exactly the color purple in a field, but I noticed. I saw them innocently reaching for the sun, the first of spring… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: still more resurrection

The weekend is upon us! For some, it’s well advanced and Sunday morning is nearer than we’d like, for others we still have a few hours to procrastinate  brainstorm… What are you up to this week? The RCL commentary for this week is here, and the NL is here. I admit to preaching this week’s… Read More

Friday Festival: For now and for later

It’s Friday in the post-Easter lull, which doesn’t mean the week wasn’t busy but only that we pastors may be living lull-ishly regardless. Some of the blog posts I’ll share are current and perhaps pertinent for this Sunday, while the others speak to last week and ideas we may want to bookmark for next year.… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Rejoice!

The heavens write large their rejoicing! The clouds are jubilant! The earth sings out gladness and beauty, joy and delight! Alleluia!  Christ is risen! Risen indeed!   Inspired by Isaiah 49:13 and Taize’s Jubilate Coeli.     Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor… Read More

RCL: Must be Thomas

It’s the first Sunday after Easter, so it must be time for Thomas. Of course, there are other options if Thomas doesn’t have appeal for you. There’s Peter defending his right, and the rights of the other apostles to preach Jesus. There are the Psalms full of praise and thanksgiving. There’s the Alpha and Omega… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: I have seen the Lord!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! But not quite yet. For church professionals, we first have to endure the hard and holy week leading up to Easter. We live out the mental, emotional, and spiritual drama in real time. On Maundy Thursday, we may wash feet or share Communion, or both (hopefully with some… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Living and the Dead (Matthew 28:1-10)

Matthew’s gospel begins and ends with angels, bringing the same message: “Do not be afraid…oh, and also, you have a job to do.”  The first angel in Matthew instructs Joseph to make Mary his wife, before Jesus is born.  The Easter morning angel tells the women at the tomb not to be afraid, and also… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Church Seasons

Jesus said, “Have you never read what David did when he & his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, giving some to his companions too. In the same way, the sabbath was made for humanity’s sake — humanity was not made for sabbath’s sake. The… Read More

Narrative Lectionary — Get By With A Little Help From my Friends Edition (Philippians 1:1-18a)

This week we move out of Acts and into the Epistles, as we start to take a look at Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. We will read from Chapter 1 this week, Chapter 2 next week and from Chapter 4 on Pentecost Sunday. You can read the 18 verses for this week here. … Read More