11th Hour Preacher Party: Simple Edition

Newman Castle, Bellville, TX, 2018. Photo by Monica Smith   Let’s keep it simple today, preachers. Share ideas. Rest a while. Ask for help. Pray with and for each other. Play. RCL post for this week Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: One Humanity

This week’s Revised Common Lectionary readings are timely. In Ephesians 2, Paul teaches that Jesus has erased divisions between people, and created a single, united humanity. Groups that were previously at odds have been reconciled. Peace reigns. Together, all people build a community that becomes the household of God, a place where the divine can interact… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: With All Your Might

David brought the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. And David dance before the LORD with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:12-14 NRSV excerpt, part of this coming Sunday’s lectionary texts) Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Being Prophetic in a New Call

Just this past week, I started a new call in my hometown.  I am ecstatic to be the senior pastor of this congregation, and they are excited for this new chapter in their church. As this is a congregation with a variety of political and theological views (like most in my denomination), I’m finding it… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Peace, Be Still

Last night, as I was driving home after a church council meeting, the threatening-looking clouds finally opened up. I spent the last few miles of my drive in heavy rains with thunder and lightning. I wasn’t afraid of perishing, as the disciples in the Gospel for Sunday, but I certainly had renewed appreciation for the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: powered by YouTube musicals edition

It’s that time again, friends—time to write a sermon! Which also means time to procrastinate in both more and less productive ways. Some of us, I know, procrastinate by doing things like cleaning the house. The sermon may not be done, but the laundry is! Others of us (read: me) procrastinate by following the auto-play… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Pentecost!

Welcome to the end of the season of Easter, and one of the only days in the church year that celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit! (Do you know where your red stole is?) RCL texts for this Sunday can be found here, and links to additional resources are available on The Text This… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Language Barriers (Acts 2:1-21)

Jerusalem, the setting for the Acts story, is also the site of the new United States embassy to Israel, which opened this week to much fanfare from some and much anguish from others.  Unlike on the day of Pentecost, this week, no one was speaking the same language, or hearing news of grace in their own… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Mashup Edition

We have an ice cream truck in our neighborhood. Last night, it played the following songs: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Deck the Halls,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” along with some others. It was quite the mashup of tunes. And this is quite the mashup of Sundays: Mother’s Day (in the U.S.), some of us will… Read More