11th Hour Preacher Party: Idols and Banquets

How is your sermon coming together this week? Both The Narrative Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary include the story from Exodus about the people of Israel building their own object of worship after growing impatient with God. The RCL also offers what may be a wedding planner’s worst nightmare, with guests canceling at the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: A World of Words

How many words does it take to make the Word of God come alive for your congregation? I’ve discovered my sermons are getting shorter through the pandemic – maybe it’s to accommodate reduced attention spans in online worship, but I find using fewer words of mine does a better job of helping people hear God’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Laboring in the Vineyard

As September continues, we may feel like we’ve been laboring a long time in the Vineyard. I preached this text 3 years ago for my congregation and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. I preached “The Parable of the Generous Landowner” or “The Parable of Radical Equality.” They passed it, but the all older male… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Things We Can’t Forget Edition

There are things we can forget, at least for a little while (just for instance, posting the Preacher Party at the correct time). But there are things that we can’t forget to do, at least not for very long: eat, drink water, sleep. And, “write a sermon” falls on that list of things we can’t… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Look Up Edition

Hello, preaching friends. It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party, ready for whenever your eleventh hour comes upon you. The Revised Common Lectionary post has some good thought-provokers. If you’re still putting together bulletins, slide shows, or other liturgical pieces, check out our Worship Words post, too. Share your ideas, your questions, your “what was I… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Water Walking and a Voice in the Silence

So, fellow RevGals and Pals, how’s your sermon? If you’re following the RCL, there are rich images in just about every text. The Lectionary Leanings post from this week is here if you still need inspiration. Are you considering what it meant for Peter to step away from helping to row the boat in order… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Abundant Abundance

It’s a week of abundant abundance, no matter which Old Testament stream you follow. Are you wrestling with God right now, as Jacob did? Or are you hearing Isaiah’s call of welcome to the feast of God’s people? Paul weeps for his “kindred according to the flesh” who seem to have missed out on the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Accelerated and Amplified

Are you finding that many things are accelerating and being amplified right now? Including our worship preparation? In many parts of the world, preachers are struggling to get materials online well ahead of their usual deadline, while others are working out how to manage safe in- person gatherings and still others, where it’s summer in… Read More