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Worship: Lectionary & Preaching

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Anti-Racism / Diversity

     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope     ecc7ae_c75d4a6de24448a7aa666079ca3ce792~mv2.jpg          The Darkness Divine     GOD IN THE GHETTO     I Remember     MOVING THE MASSES               R.I.C.H. in Preaching     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers

Preparatory Study/Reflection

          Daily Feast          The Upper Room Disciplines 2022     Book - Paperback     I Want to Live These Days with You     In the Way of the Story     Journey to the Common Good, Updated Edition     Picture of The Peoples' Sermon     Preaching the Headlines: Possibilities and Pitfalls     Preaching to People in Pain: How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and  Connect with Your Congregation: Kim, Matthew D.: 9781540961297: Amazon.com:  Books     Sundays and Seasons: Preaching, Year C 2022          Topical Preaching in a Complex World     What Do We Do with the Bible?               Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition

Lectionary-Based Resources

Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary: Understanding the Bible Anew Through the Mimetic Theory of René Girard is a website full of resources to support a Memetic Theory reading of the Bible, especially in preparation for preaching.

Clergy Stuff

Clergy Stuff offers resources for Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries, including confirmation, worship, preaching, children's stories, and VBS.

Cooking with Elsa provides weekly worship resources reflective of the RCL: sermon fodder, worship elements and many creative, thoughtful tips.

shares timely ideas and encouragement for worship and preaching based both on the Narrative Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library has updated their Revised Common Lectionary webpages with newly integrated print pdfs and slides, making them seamlessly accessible for every Sunday/Holy Day with links to slides and images.

offers preaching insights to the Older Testament (i.e., “First Reading”) of the RCL

 

In word of GOD, word of LIFE Gail Ramshaw offers ten insights into the value and wisdom of the three-year lectionaries, combining deep historical, biblical, liturgical, and ecumenical knowledge with a keen perspective on the contemporary church.

Offers Connections, the commentary series for preachers who use the Revised Common Lectionary. Save 35% on this and all Connections volumes when you purchase from PC(USA) Store.

Looking into the Lectionary provides weekly resources for worship and preaching preparation.

Inspiration

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of resources for Preaching & Teaching Women's Stories and Books for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion.

American Liturgy

Soul Matters Sharing Circle

The Sacred Words Project is about reclaiming the ancient and rich gifts 
of traditional religious language, or as many call it, the language of reverence.

Find numerous sacred words worship packets, updated regularly.

Equity Lens on Preaching & Praying: Regarding the Insurrection on Capital Hill

from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; by Rev. Anna Kendig Flores, PTCA Anti-Racism Institutional Assessment Coordinator

Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer, who created and shaped the evangelical political movement of the '80s, which brought us to today, shared this compelling video: part confession, part admonition. Important insight for creating helpful study and/or sermons.

Padraig O Tuama reads Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi's poem, Say My Name and discusses it's ramifications for personal history, identity, belonging and awareness - and the many ways these can be stripped by people who dismiss or mispronounce other's names.

Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs posted his Open Letter to White Clergy shortly after the killing of George Floyd; it's important for clergy to read prior to preparing sermons that call for peace, and it could be an important conversation starter

offers tips for Preaching to an Empty Room

Recorded Sermons

 

Diana Butler Bass freely shares her sermon, Jesus is the Way - originally preached at Platte Woods UMC in Kansas City. It is an exploration of based on John 14:6. The post includes a concluding benediction.

Sojourners

faith in action for social justice

El Camino - The Way

Engage immigrant justice. Find transformative sermons.

Sign up to receive recommended sermons, tips for preaching about immigration, and tools for churches seeking justice with immigrant communities. Includes sermons from two MN Annual Conference UMC preachers: Nate Melcher and Jean Carlos Diaz.

provides FREE lectionary-based video sermons by America’s best preachers for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes, or for individual use.

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.

Bible Study/Training / Renewal of Practices

You are invited to the Girardian Lectionary Study via Zoom on Mondays and/or Tuesdays, 1:30 pm Central Time. (Note: many subscribers cannot attend the live meetings regularly and find the subscription worthwhile for the recordings and PowerPoint handout. Email Paul Nuechterlein if you would like to try a one-week Free Trial.) For all the details regarding benefits and fees, see the Girardian Lectionary Study subscription page.

Here's a lengthy (though somewhat dated) list of anti-atonement theory reading.

Paper Bag Cathedrals

Paper Bag Cathedrals creates worship resources specifically for the challenges and advantages of small congregations.

Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU

Southern Methodist University's Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence's blog posts, peer groups, book lists, and frequent webinars provide numerous venues for inspiration and training.

Voting

Thanks to Brian McLaren for several excellent resources for preaching [and study... and discussion...] in this election season. PLEASE READ: The Five Electorates in 2020Clergy - Please Don't Be Silent! (but be non-silent wisely and legally!); and see Three Short Sermons on Politics, Democracy, and Voting. The first offers insight to the minds of voters; the second offers legal and social insight to preaching in this election season; and the third is three short sermons to share in worship and/or as study prompts.

The Pastoral Is Political: blog posts from numerous ordained women encouraging and empowering clergy in prophetic preaching.

Cynthia Bourgeault on Thomas Keating's Secret Embrace: Everything Matters; Richard Rohr's summation, The Freedom of Consent and Solidarity: A Public Virtue; and Joan Chittister's complimentary Obedience to God's Will of Love and A Call to Be One.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble reminds us that we are a people practiced in waiting - and encourages us to wait in hope.