11th Hour Preacher Party: Sowing Seeds on Sunday

Welcome back to the sermon party. This summer seems to be flying by. Pentecost was 7 weeks ago?!? So here we are in the midst of Ordinary Time. Are you sowing seeds with the sower (Matthew 13)? Traveling with Jacob (Genesis 28)? Reminding folks that no matter where we are, God is there (Psalm 139)?… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: You Who Are Weary

How is your sermon preparation going at this point in your week? If you are using the Revised Common Lectionary, did you feel the weariness in your bones when you read Jesus’s invitation in the gospel text? Did you sense God’s weariness with Job if you are preaching The Narrative Lectionary summer series? Or are… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Changing Seasons

This week the solstice occurs. Whether you are moving into Summer or Winter, what does the change in seasons mean this year? In the Liturgical calendar we have moved into the long green season of Ordinary Time (12th Ordinary, Proper 7, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost). As we continue to record services in my Southern California… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: tricky maths

It’s Trinity Sunday this week (1+1+1=1, anybody?). There’s a lot going on in the world. What are you doing to draw people into worship, prayer, and faithful action this week? Is your service online? outdoors? some other way? Will you be following the lectionary, starting a series, addressing something particular? Whatever plans are forming, or… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Love Is Love Is Love

The photo is my favorite insulated portable tea mug. It reminds me of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award acceptance speech right after the Orlando massacre. “Love is love is love is love.” Whether you are in the RCL or the Narrative lectionary, there is lots of love talk this week. In the RCL gospel Jesus promises… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Who Relates to Thomas Now?

Are you writing, huddled in your house, like the disciples in the Revised Common Lectionary (Discussion Here)? Are you waiting to see what happens next as Jesus ascends in the Narrative lectionary (Discussion Here)? Are you using a series or other passages to see you through these different times? Are you preparing technology for a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: T-Fig

It’s the last Sunday before Lent. Are you burying or otherwise saying farewell to the alleluia? Will you be preaching the Transfiguration? Revised Common Lectionary folks can find a discussion of Matthew’s text here. The post includes an interrogation of the Light/Dark imagery in the passage, and offers ways to approach it. Narrative Lectionary folks can… Read More