Saturday Prayer – Big Words

God, put Your words in my mouth.  Make these words strong and simple.  Make them powerful and prayerful.  Make them beautiful and bountiful.   God, put Your words in my mouth.  Remind me that you do not call me to declare verbal pyrotechnics, but to speak Your love, truth, peace, might.  Amen.       Jennifer… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Still Easter!

As we approach the end of the Easter season, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us to John 14. Whether it’s irony or the work of the Spirit, these verses are some of the most popular funeral texts. That was perhaps more true for last Sunday’s reading, but this week’s is part of the same passage… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Gates and Sheep edition

Preaching colleagues, it’s that time of the week again! How is your sermon coming along? Between planning liturgy, preparing for children’s sermons, and writing something for the main preaching event, this is often the busiest time of the week! At least, it is for those who tend to procrastinate, or who had unexpected events eat… Read More

RCL-Narrative Lectionary: Holy Week Extravaganza Bonus Edition!

Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter Vigil. Whatever other worship services and events are typical for your congregation. It’s all come down to this, folks! It’s the final countdown, the sprint to the finish, the last hurrah. It’s time to get serious. Jesus has joyfully entered Jerusalem. The final meal, betrayal, arrest, and execution are at… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: 5 weeks down, 1 to go

This time of the year is always difficult for me. While we’re preparing our congregations to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and journey with him to the cross, we are also selecting Easter hymns, buying props for children’s sermons, and coordinating celebrations with our parents or grandchildren or whomever we call family in our lives. There… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Temptation Edition

Welcome to Lent 1 and the season of temptation and spiritual discipline. This week we get stories about the temptation of Adam and Eve and of Jesus, and a comparison of the sin of Adam to the salvation of Jesus (in the RCL). The Narrative Lectionary brings us the Golden Rule, the story of the Good… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Choosing Edition

An inconsequential party game to start off: Would you rather eat Valentine’s conversation hearts or marshmallows?  Would you rather take a 30 minute nap in the morning or just go to bed 30 minutes earlier that night? Would you rather vacuum or dust? As you may surmise, I’m pondering the Deuteronomy passage from the Revised… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Salt and Light

Welcome to the 5th Sunday after Epiphany! How is the season of light going for you? This Sunday’s RCL Gospel continues the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus shares words of wisdom that are counterintuitive to the world’s values. The Isaiah reading is explicit about the requirements for a faithful life requiring housing the homeless and feeding… Read More