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: 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

RCL: Weddings & Idols

This week is a harsh set of texts: between the distasterous wedding in Matthew 22 and the Golden Calf idol of Exodus 32 things are looking poor. (Quick note Narrative lectionary is doing the exact same Exodus passage, so we can all share resources this week). But then, things are looking fairly poor in the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: A World of Words

How many words does it take to make the Word of God come alive for your congregation? I’ve discovered my sermons are getting shorter through the pandemic – maybe it’s to accommodate reduced attention spans in online worship, but I find using fewer words of mine does a better job of helping people hear God’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Laboring in the Vineyard

As September continues, we may feel like we’ve been laboring a long time in the Vineyard. I preached this text 3 years ago for my congregation and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. I preached “The Parable of the Generous Landowner” or “The Parable of Radical Equality.” They passed it, but the all older male… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Things We Can’t Forget Edition

There are things we can forget, at least for a little while (just for instance, posting the Preacher Party at the correct time). But there are things that we can’t forget to do, at least not for very long: eat, drink water, sleep. And, “write a sermon” falls on that list of things we can’t… Read More

RCL: Negotiating the Path

How have we arrived at the end of August so quickly? Even with pandemic this summer has sped by at an alarming rate. Many of us might be on vacation this week; I am. For those of us who are preaching this week, the texts contain countless sermon possibilities. Admittedly, I am seeing them all… 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

Revised Common Lectionary: Milcah’s Inheritance

Milcah sang a lullaby to her granddaughter Rebekah, born to Bethuel, You are a queen, gifted and beautiful, a sovereign over kings. You are the gladness of ancestors, and the celebration of the future. And Rebekah believed her grandmother Milcah, owned the inheritance that was sung to her. So when a nomadic king sent for… Read More