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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;

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to support engaging, prophetic preaching.

Scroll down to find:

  • Preparatory Study/Reflection
  • Antiracism/Diversity Preaching
  • Training/Renewal of Practices
  • Inspiration for inspired preaching
  • Lectionary-based Resources
  • Recorded Sermons
  • Justice-based Preaching

Preachers may also find new inspiration in our Doctrines & Theologies, especially Atonement Theory and Exploring God and any of our Social Justice lib guides.

Preparatory Study/Reflection

          Daily Feast          The Upper Room Disciplines 2022     A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church     Gospel People Don't Want to Hear.jpg     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 and Praying as Though God Matters     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     Preaching to Those Walking Away     Sundays and Seasons: Preaching, Year C 2022          Texts of Terror (40th Anniversary Edition): Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives     Topical Preaching in a Complex World     The Visual Preacher: Proclaiming an Embodied Word     What Do We Do with the Bible?               Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition

Anti-Racism / Diversity

     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope     ecc7ae_c75d4a6de24448a7aa666079ca3ce792~mv2.jpg     Dear White Peacemakers     The Darkness Divine     GOD IN THE GHETTO     I Remember     Jesus Takes a Side          MOVING THE MASSES               Psalms for Black Lives     Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Amazon.com: Books     R.I.C.H. in Preaching     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative     Voices of Lament | Baker Publishing Group

Training / Renewal of Practices

Passing the offering plateGetting Comfortable Preaching about Money and Generosity

Preaching on the topic of money is spiritually challenging. And it can also be personally challenging to leaders plagued by their own economic insecurity or discomfort in asking people to give. Meredith McNabb of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving says preachers must address their own concerns and fears about money talk so they can invite their people into the faithful practice of generosity.

Read more now.

                            On Being with Krista Tippett
Read the intro and listen to Krista's interview with Kate DiCamilloFor the Eight-Year-Old in You

Paper Bag CathedralsPaper 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.

Lectionary-Based Resources

The Green Blades Preaching Roundtable gathers multiple voices to reflect on the ecological echoes, implications, and urgencies in preaching the weekly lectionary. Some focus on one reading, usually the gospel; others address each of the four readings. Some include liturgical and hymn suggestions. All of them are attempts to listen for the living Word, in love with the whole creation, pleading, singing, beckoning. 
Learn more and subscribe to the Green Blades Rising Newsletter here.

To receive weekly reflections or contribute to them, email Kristin Foster.

Lutherans Restoring Creation – Welcome to Lutherans Restoring Creation!Lutherans Restoring Creation offer a library of care-for-creation commentaries on scripture readings, thanks to a dedicated group of commentators (see their bios here). The commentaries follow the Revised Common Lectionary and cover every Sunday in the church year.

GIRARDIAN LECTIONARY STUDY

Preachers are invited to the Girardian Lectionary Study. Girardian or Mimetic Theory calls for a New Reformation based on preaching the Gospel of One New Humanity (Eph. 2:15) and debunking the sacrificial atonement theory. Discussion recordings and PowerPoint handouts are available with a subscription.

Learn more about the Girardian/Mimetic Theory here.

Find the discussion group's Facebook page here.

Learn more and register for the discussion group here.

Meets via Zoom on Mondays and/or Tuesdays; 1:30 PM CT

Clergy StuffClergy 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.

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

Inspiration

Wil Gafney - Brite Divinity School

A new lectionary that centers women

“If the gospel isn’t good news to the women in the passage, is it still good news?” 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim interviews Wil Gafney

Green Blades Preaching Roundtable reflects on RCL texts with a creation-focused lens. Diverse authors serving in various contexts from across the country keep the reflections fresh and nuanced. Contact Kristin Foster to receive the weekly email.

Subscribe to the Green Blades Rising Newsletter (or email ecofaith@nemnsynod.org)

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

Reproductive Rights Sunday

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Caleb J. Lines
Watch Rev. Dr. Caleb J. Lines for the highlights from his Sunday service on Reproductive Rights on June 26th, 2022!  READ ON ... 

 

“Anti-Choice is Anti-Christian”

Sermon by Rev. Mark Sandlin
Watch Rev. Mark Sandlin, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on his  June 26, 2022, sermon on Abortion Rights.  READ ON ... 

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.

In Our Library - Justice

     Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit     Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope  -     By: Kenyatta R. Gilbert     Book - PaperbackHunger For The Word     Hunger For The Word     Hunger For The Word          The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word     Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders     Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity     Preaching God's Transforming Justice     Preaching God's Transforming Justice     Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year C  -     Edited By: Dale P. Andrews, Ronald J. Allen, Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm     Preaching in the Era of Trump     Cover Image          

In Our Library - General

Book - Paperback     The Liturgical Press     Beyond the Lectionary     Connections Worship Companion, Year C volume 1     Crossings: Meditations for Worship     Feasting on the Gospels--Matthew, Volume 1     Feasting on the Gospels--Matthew, Volume 2          Feasting on the Gospels--Luke, Volume 1     Feasting on the Gospels--Luke, Volume 2     Feasting on the Gospels--John, Volume 1     Feasting on the Gospels--John, Volume 2Feasting on the Word, Year A, 4-Volume Set     Feasting on the Word, Year B, 4-Volume Set     Feasting on the Word, Year C, 4-Volume Set    Picture of Finding Words for Worship     From Glory into Glory Reflections for Worship               Picture of Introducing the Uncommon Lectionary - eBook [ePub]     Book - Paperback                         Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World—and Our Preaching—Is Changing          A Preacher's Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, volume 2     Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons That Connect  -     By: Peter Jonker     Book - Paperback          Questions Preachers Ask: Essays in Honor of Thomas G. Long - eBook  -     Edited By: Scott Black Johnston, Ted A. Smith, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale    By: Edited by S.B. Johnston, T.A. Smith & L.T. Tisdale          Resources for Preaching and Worship - Year B : Quotations, Meditations, Poetry, and Prayers     BSAT1;LECA16;SERC;DD20     Sermon Treks: Trailways to Creative Preaching  -     By: Ronald J. Allen     Book - Paperback     41964196. sx318           Book - Paperback     Book - Paperback     Book - Paperback     Book - Paperback