Narrative Lectionary: Six Weeks of Summer in the Psalms

The Narrative Lectionary runs each year from September to Pentecost which means that the summer break can be spent preaching on other things. One option this year is to spend 6 weeks in the Book of Psalms. We don’t often preach the psalms, usually preferring to sing them instead. In my tradition, we sing many… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Holy Spirit Edition

I love Pentecost. I love the bright colors, the ways we celebrate, the use of multiple languages, the story, the Spirit. I like having a church feast day celebration that doesn’t have the pressure of Christmas or Easter. This year we are still virtual for Pentecost, but I think some churches are gathering again for… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Do This, Not That (Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21)

The church I serve is full of delightful people with a love for the world, and they find great solace in policies. Binders. Manuals. Rules. What makes me itch makes them feel secure. Looking back two thousand years, I can imagine that the churches in Galatia, once Paul left them, wanted the security of a… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: O joy! A meeting! (Acts 15:1-18)

I must say that my first reaction to the inclusion of this reading in the Narrative Lectionary was one of doubt and trepidation. Would Sunday’s sermon turn out to be little more than an intellectual exercise lacking any application to the life and faith of my congregation? However, thanks be to God, some thoughts are… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Good Shepherds

Here we are mid-Eastertide. How will you shepherd your people this week? Where are you going with your sermon? How can we help? The Narrative Lectionary offers Philip baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch. The discussion from earlier this week is here. Since it’s the 4th Sunday of Easter, it’s Good Shepherd Sunday in the Revised Common… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Dinner Time (Luke 24:13-35)

One of the many things I love about being an aunt is seeing how my brothers reappear in their kids.  A certain laugh, or a way of thinking, or the rebellious choices my nephews and niece make all evoke my brothers in earlier stages of life.  I find my parents in their physical gestures, too,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Perplexed, Afraid, and Amazed (Luke 24:1-12)

Luke 24:1-12 is just the beginning of the story. The Word is told, it is shared, before it is experienced. It is heard before it is understood. Jesus’ followers have been told the Good News; and shortly they will see and experience the resurrected Jesus themselves. They have been telling Good News and soon they will be living into (but not solving) the mystery of the resurrected life, of new life. Read More

Narrative Lectionary: What, no palm branches? (Luke 19:28-44)

In times gone by, my usual practice would have been to allow the liturgy and hymns, the marching with palm leaves and the singing of “Hosanna”, to speak most loudly on Palm Sunday. However, in their absence (due to Covid restrictions this year), there is both a need and an opportunity to take a closer… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Still Lent

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as we try to plan details for Easter this year–and pivot every few days as we get more information–it feels almost as challenging (though maybe more hopeful) as a year ago when we were first beginning to figure out how to do on-line worship as we… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Lost and Found (Luke 15:1-32)

When my daughter was in middle school, she was torn between her natural thriftiness and a longing for the “it” lunch bag.  In a storm of middle school angst, we talked about this dilemma day after day, until one day it solved itself.  The longed-for lunch bag appeared in the school lost and found.  It… Read More