Preaching on Christmas Eve 2020

Today I cut the side of my toe. I cut it in a weird way. I took a long walk to try to stretch out my aching hips, which are tight from sitting too much in a season of many things to do. In the late afternoon sun, I walked through my town and I… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leaning–following the rules

Luke 6:1-16 As the Narrative Lectionary moves through Luke, we get the story of Jesus and his disciples getting in trouble for not marking the Sabbath as the Pharisees would have them do.  From picking grains of wheat to healing a man with a withered hand–they get it wrong. We live in a world where… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Whose Wife is she Anyway?

Good day my fellow RevGalPals! This weeks revised common lectionary readings can be found here. And what an interesting set of readings they are too! There are quite a variety of texts to choose from and maybe it’s my ADHD kicking in I find myself struggling with what to preach to a congregation here in the states… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leanings–Remember

For some of us, this weekend is World Communion Sunday. Our text for Sunday is from Exodus. It is our first dip into the waters of this book, having finished Genesis last week, and we are dropped right into the instructions for the Passover. Will you do some interpretation to get people from A to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Will the real God please stand up?

This is my first week to write the Lectionary Leanings and I am really excited. Or at least I was until I looked at the readings for this week! (You can find this week’s RCL readings here) I am struggling with the juxtaposition between the Old Testament Readings and the New Testament Readings. The God… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Priorities

I’m in a state of disbelief  (or perhpas denial) that it’s already August! It feels as if summer has scarcely begun, but as Facebook reminds me, kids are headed back to school some places. Most of us are staring at the reality of fall and the program year just around the corner. It’s time to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hope for a Tree Edition

We are in the middle of the Book of Job now. Job 14:7-15 and Job 19:23-27 Here is the overview post on this summer series by Revgals Mary Austin and Liz Crumlish. There are also great resources at Working Preacher. Job’s lament is turning toward hope. And after the week we’ve had in the US,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Lotsa options edition

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter can be found here and the readings for the Feast of the Ascension (or Ascension Day) are here. And those mark only two of your options – in the U.S., it’s also Mother’s Day. Whether – and how – to observe this day in church is always up for… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Meeting Jesus edition

Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter may be found here, and commentary from Working Preacher is here. Low Sunday (and doubting/faithful Thomas) have come and gone,  and hopefully you’ve had a few days off, or at least caught up on your sleep as we settle into Eastertide. This week’s readings are rich with possibility,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – In My Place

  Palms and Passion, these are your themes for the coming week. Sunday begins a very busy week for the church, with some of you focusing on the events of Palm Sunday, and others are focusing on the Passion narrative in addition to or in place of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem. Some of you will not have… Read More