RCL: Hungry

In the midst of these bread sagas, we get a narrative of what everlasting bread means from Jesus. Jesus promises to be enough for us. Jesus promises to be nourishment, to be what we need in John 6:35, 41-51. This follows the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. Everyone saw how Jesus fed the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Mid July Scramble

The season carries on and so does worship. What are you preaching these days? What do your people need to hear? Depending on our hemisphere, we are in the midst of summer or winter this week. U.S.-ans and Canadians have made our way through our national holidays, and we continue on in Ordinary Time as… Read More

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

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

Sunday Prayer: Mustard Seeds

the lily’s bloomthe grazing doethe secret smile For each seed of tenderness we are grateful;for each planting of joy we give you thanks. the hazy dawnthe rolling thunderthe friendly silence For each seed of wonder we sing gratitude;for each planting of patience we give praise. the quiet streamthe held handthe deep breath For each seed… 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

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

RCL Commentary: Palm Sunday 2021: Living on Borrowed Time, Colts, and Promises

Mark 11:1-11   John 12:12-16 Approaching Jerusalem, Jesus paused. It had been another unsettling week for the disciples – a week full of parables they struggled to understand, an unexpected lunch with a tax collector, and a morbid take on this trip to Jerusalem. But seeing the city in the distance and knowing that ahead lay… Read More