11th Hour Preacher Party: What Do You Want Me to Do?

In the RCL reading, Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “what do you want me to do?” Today I ask, what do you want us to do? As you work on your sermon this week, how can we help? What does your congregation need from you? What is the word you are being called to offer?  During this… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Hard Questions

In this northern hemisphere, it seems that all the schools have finally started and the weather is beginning to turn (high in the 90s instead of the 100s here in Southern California). The program year may be starting up, different from last year, but also different from all the years before. What are the questions… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: To Whom Can We Go?

Here in California, summer lingers even as school has started and fall products are beginning to appear. How do we keep going? What will we say in these times? What do your people need to hear? During this long stretch or Ordinary Time or the Sundays after Pentecost, will you follow the Revised Common Lectionary?… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Mid July Scramble

The season carries on and so does worship. What are you preaching these days? What do your people need to hear? Depending on our hemisphere, we are in the midst of summer or winter this week. U.S.-ans and Canadians have made our way through our national holidays, and we continue on in Ordinary Time as… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – here we go again!

There is a website I go to every week with an assortment of liturgical starters – its subtitle is “the relentless return of Sunday” yeah! You can take a look here – Liturgy Link. Here we are, it is, where I am, Thursday morning, my first deadline of the week is looming, and my head… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sleeping in the Boat

  I wonder if we’ve ever felt like we needed a leader, but that person was asleep in the boat? What about when we are the leader? In these times of constant change, can we ask, “why are you afraid?” This is a question I’ve had to ask myself in the last few weeks as… 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