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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;

Training / Renewal of Practices

Registration is now open for Luther Seminary's virtual Festival of Homiletics, May 17–21, 2021, featuring superb thinkers and teachers presenting on, “Preaching for the Future Church”.

Anti-Racism / Diversity

     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope                    R.I.C.H. in Preaching     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey

Preparatory Study/Reflection

               Journey to the Common Good, Updated Edition               What Do We Do with the Bible?     

Lectionary-Based Resources

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

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

Dr. Aana Marie Vigen shared an essential-reading-for-white-Christians response to the Epiphany Riots: Jan. 6 Was the Whitest Epiphany: White Christians, Where Do We Go from Here?

For clergy preaching in these difficult days, Dr. Valerie Bridgeman prays, "May You Be Brave".

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

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.

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.