Revised Common Lectionary: Wine & Spiritual Gifts Edition

This week’s reading from 1 Corinthians is one of my favorites. A number of spiritual gifts are listed, in such a way that the reader could imagine countless more – this does not seem to be an all-inclusive list. What other gifts of the Spirit are manifest in your life, or in your community? Most… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Baptism Edition

It’s Baptism of the Lord Sunday in liturgical traditions, which means that some of us are incorporating a renewal of baptismal vows, some of us celebrating an actual baptism, some of us remembering baptism in another way, and some of us doing something different altogether. Whatever your plans for Sunday, welcome to the 11th Hour… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Yes, Mary Knew

It’s Magnificat Sunday! This week, we hear Elizabeth’s praise of Mary and her child, and Mary’s song of praise to God. How wonderful to have two female prophets in one worship service! As you speak about God’s call for them and their response, be sure to remember that your congregation includes worshippers who have struggled… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Messy Feelings

The first time I ran across Isaiah 42 verse 1 was when I was preparing my mother’s homegoing service in November of 2002.  The words, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights,” brought me some comfort and a bit of peace at the time. This morning, the more… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent Sunday of Peace

It’s the Sunday of Peace, except for my to-do list and calendar, which are not comporting themselves very peacefully. Yours? Regardless, onward we go to proclaim the good news. Revised Common Lectionary preachers can find a helpful post here, and Narrative Lectionary preachers, here. Maybe it’s cantata Sunday, or children’s pageant Sunday, or sermon-series-that-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time Sunday… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Ya Got a Sermon?

This ostrich seems to be asking, “Ya got a sermon in there?” (or, ahem, maybe I’m just feeling a little pressed to get mine written). Revised Common Lectionary preachers are considering scribes and widows, widows and prophets, orphans and widows. Check out a post and discussion here. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering the prophet Micah’s… Read More