Narrative Lectionary: Language Barriers (Acts 2:1-21)

Jerusalem, the setting for the Acts story, is also the site of the new United States embassy to Israel, which opened this week to much fanfare from some and much anguish from others.  Unlike on the day of Pentecost, this week, no one was speaking the same language, or hearing news of grace in their own… Read More

Thursday Prayer: decent and disorderly

Dear God, In the part of your church I’m from we like to talk about worship being done decently and in order. We are busy writing prayers, crafting liturgy and dressing the building for Pentecost: that day when we celebrate your life-giving Spirit, poured out on all flesh. Help us not to be so concerned… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – Drunk with New Wine Edition

We human beings are uncomfortable with those who stand out. Sure, we may like an actor or musician to be prominent on the stage or screen, but we like most people to fit in. In Numbers 11:24-30, Eldad and Medad are prophesying, but not at the tent of the meeting where they’re expected – they’re… Read More

Day before the miracle: A Saturday Prayer

On the day before You swooped in  – on tongues of fire, wings of breath, cacophony of voices – on that ordinary day-before-The-Day, they conducted business.  A congregational meeting, at which a committee member was duly elected and installed. Of course, the election is just what was recorded in the minutes. Not recorded? The coins spent to buy flour and oil, the broom with which the floor swept, the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Pentecost Edition

Whether Pentecost is your favorite Sunday of the year or falls somewhat farther down the list, it’s here! (Well, almost. On Sunday it will be here). Be sure and review the thoughtful posts and comments from our Tuesday posts: Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary. There is also a thread on the RevGalBlogPals facebook page… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Pesky Pentecost Edition

Having just returned from the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, I am reassured that, because of and in spite of our best efforts, the Holy Spirit is still at large in the church. Sometimes she is a gentle, warming breeze. Often she is fierce and fabulous. As you prepare to preach this Pentecost, how are… Read More