11th Hour Preacher Party – here we go again!

There is a website I go to every week with an assortment of liturgical starters – its subtitle is “the relentless return of Sunday” yeah! You can take a look here – Liturgy Link. Here we are, it is, where I am, Thursday morning, my first deadline of the week is looming, and my head… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Blood and Life and Equity

This week’s Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading should carry a trigger alert for feminine health concerns. And also – what a blessing that a health issue particular to people with uteruses is addressed in Scripture! Moreover, Jesus does not follow the traditional teaching of his religion claiming that the woman who asks for healing is… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sleeping in the Boat

  I wonder if we’ve ever felt like we needed a leader, but that person was asleep in the boat? What about when we are the leader? In these times of constant change, can we ask, “why are you afraid?” This is a question I’ve had to ask myself in the last few weeks as… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Now that my congregation has shifted back to live and live-streamed Sunday, my Thursdays have gone back to being Thursday again (instead of Sunday Part 1), so my sermonizing can happen later in the week.  Except… summer and quasi-post-pandemic schedule upheaval means I’m here on Wednesday, carving out a chunk of Thursday for chasing the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Six Weeks of Summer in the Psalms

The Narrative Lectionary runs each year from September to Pentecost which means that the summer break can be spent preaching on other things. One option this year is to spend 6 weeks in the Book of Psalms. We don’t often preach the psalms, usually preferring to sing them instead. In my tradition, we sing many… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Holy Spirit Edition

I love Pentecost. I love the bright colors, the ways we celebrate, the use of multiple languages, the story, the Spirit. I like having a church feast day celebration that doesn’t have the pressure of Christmas or Easter. This year we are still virtual for Pentecost, but I think some churches are gathering again for… Read More

RCL: Come, Holy Spirit!

Pentecost! The culmination of the Christian season of Easter, originally a Jewish festival, which is why the Jewish followers of Jesus were gathered together for this religious observance. Still recovering from their grief at the crucifixion, joy at the resurrection, and confusion at Jesus’ brief stay with them prior to the Ascension. Pentecost! That day… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: O joy! A meeting! (Acts 15:1-18)

I must say that my first reaction to the inclusion of this reading in the Narrative Lectionary was one of doubt and trepidation. Would Sunday’s sermon turn out to be little more than an intellectual exercise lacking any application to the life and faith of my congregation? However, thanks be to God, some thoughts are… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Good Shepherds

Here we are mid-Eastertide. How will you shepherd your people this week? Where are you going with your sermon? How can we help? The Narrative Lectionary offers Philip baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch. The discussion from earlier this week is here. Since it’s the 4th Sunday of Easter, it’s Good Shepherd Sunday in the Revised Common… Read More