11th Hour Preacher Party: Where Do We Go from Here?

As you watched, no doubt with horror, the violence that took place in the United States capitol today, you may have found yourself shredding your partially written sermon and wondering how you can possibly preach into this abyss. There are no tidy answers here, but we can keep one another company as we struggle with… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Christmas Leftovers Edition

What do you do with the second Sunday after Christmas? Do you get a jump start on Epiphany, or sing all the Christmas carols that somehow haven’t been sung yet this season? Is this the Sunday for a much-needed vacation, or the Sunday to start a new preaching series for 2021? Does your congregation observe… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: the tweenager Jesus (Luke 2:41-52)

The celebration of New Year’s Eve (Hogmany) is a big event in Scotland. However, this year it will be very much curtailed, as were our Christmas and Easter celebrations, along with the festivals of other faiths in 2020. It’s within this very different New Year that we read of Jesus’ family going up to Jerusalem… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent 4 Edition

The year continues to move on. Here we are at Advent 4. Are you lighting the candle for Love? We are doing Peace at our place. Whether you are preaching Narrative Lectionary, Revised Common Lectionary, or something else altogether, we are here to help. What do you need? Sermon illustrations? Time with the Children? A… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Spirit Sightings

Fellow preachers, how is your sermon? If you’re preaching from The Narrative Lectionary, perhaps you’re sharing the promise that God’s spirit will be poured out upon God’s people. If you’re in the Revised Common Lectionary, you may be hearing John the Baptist’s words that the coming Christ will baptize with the spirit. Or perhaps you’re… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: New Year’s Eve

Here we are at our last Sunday before the Liturgical Year begins again. Will you do Christ the King or Reign of Christ? This is one of the years that US Thanksgiving comes between this week and Advent 1. Will you be thinking about gratitude? I spoke Monday to a women’s group about Gratitude in… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: God Doesn’t Play by Our Rules

Dear preacher friends, how is your sermon? Are you in the Narrative Lectionary, sitting on a hill with Jonah, railing against God for having the audacity to be merciful? Are you in the Revised Common Lectionary with Jesus, questioning our readiness for God’s coming? If you’re in the US, are you trying to find a… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Preaching Changes from Associate to Solo Pastor

Here’s a pastoral transition with challenges galore.  How does a pastor adapt when she moves from associate pastor to solo pastor?   Dear Matriarchs ~~ Have you ever made the leap from preaching once a month (as an associate) to preaching every week? Holy cow, what an adjustment! Tell me everything you know! Seriously, what best… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Change and Legacy

This week many Protestant congregations celebrate Reformation Sunday. For my congregation, I think it’s third only after Christmas Eve and Easter. It’s important enough that we have planned a 2-week experiment in gathering outside just in time for Reformation Sunday (and rain is forecast for the first time in months for exactly and only that… Read More

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