Revised Common Lectionary: Resurrection Encounters and Easter People

What gorgeous texts the Revised Common Lectionary offers us for this coming Sunday! A passage from Revelation that is perhaps known best to most of us from its myriad musical settings, from Handel’s “Messiah” to “This is the Feast of Victory”… A psalm whose text outlines God’s power to transform, as Working Preacher commentator Bobby… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Over to you edition

I use the “Pray as you go” app on my morning commute. I’ve particularly enjoyed, this week that, each morning, the prayers have been firmly located within the Octave of Easter – each day has been named as Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday etc… As pastors, it’s tempting to rush on with the seasons. Indeed, towards… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Good Shepherd Edition

My home congregation is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. For as long as I can remember, their logo has included a silhouette of Jesus as shepherd, holding a long staff. They have a beautiful metal (iron?) sculpture of a shepherd carrying a sheep. Their columbarium, which I have yet to see in person,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Would You Believe? Edition (John 20:19-31)

You leave for just a little while and miss the best thing to happen ever! How is that fair?!? As we continue deeper into the Easter Season we hear more stories of how the first disciples experienced the Risen Christ. This week we have two appearances, one on the evening of Easter Day and one… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Surprising Jesus, this is the season when you appear around corners, through closed doors, traveling along the road, or letting us put our hands in your side, breathing on us, or feeding us breakfast. You do the most ordinary and the most extraordinary of things. Keep us alert, we pray, to moments of resurrection. Open… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary (Third Sunday of Easter): Sin in Eastertide

Is it just me, or does it seem as though the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the Third Sunday of Easter want to take us back into the depths of Lent with all their talk of sin? Sin isn’t only apropos to Lent, of course, but … sigh … can’t the lectionary readings make the continuation… Read More