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

Revised Common Lectionary: Have You Understood?

When people around the world suddenly found themselves stuck at home this spring, my social media feeds mysteriously began filling with images of homemade bread. Are you one of the people who jumped on the sourdough-baking bandwagon while in quarantine? If so, you’ve got a great tangible example for this week’s sermon! “The kingdom of… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sowing Seeds on Sunday

Welcome back to the sermon party. This summer seems to be flying by. Pentecost was 7 weeks ago?!? So here we are in the midst of Ordinary Time. Are you sowing seeds with the sower (Matthew 13)? Traveling with Jacob (Genesis 28)? Reminding folks that no matter where we are, God is there (Psalm 139)?… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Intricate and Orderly

Whenever your 11th hour arrives, the preacher party is here! Revised Common Lectionary post is available for your perusal and conversation.  Or maybe you’re doing a series? Or something else creative? I wish my sermons could be as intricate, yet orderly and symmetrical, as this spider lily that blooms in our backyard. Monica Thompson Smith… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: You Who Are Weary

How is your sermon preparation going at this point in your week? If you are using the Revised Common Lectionary, did you feel the weariness in your bones when you read Jesus’s invitation in the gospel text? Did you sense God’s weariness with Job if you are preaching The Narrative Lectionary summer series? Or are… Read More