Lent 2: Ancestors of nations

Preaching text: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Last summer when Pastor Emily led our review of this year’s Lent texts, she brought along an illustration from children’s bible. In it, a gray-haired Sarah and Isaac are smiling down at a swaddled Abraham. The text on this page read, “God told Sarah she would have a baby anyway!Continue reading “Lent 2: Ancestors of nations”

Lent 1: A Bow in the Clouds

Preaching text: Genesis 9:8-17 When I was a little girl, I would read the story of Noah’s Ark in my children’s Bible without any sense of perturbation. I liked the pictures of the animals going into the ark two by two. We had a wooden model of the ark that could be taken apart andContinue reading “Lent 1: A Bow in the Clouds”

Ash Wednesday: to dust you shall return

Preaching text: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 OK, you know how I labelled this as a lectionary-based series? Well, for Ash Wednesday, I’m going to suggest that you preach about the liturgy rather than the texts, thus breaking that premise. As the start of a series about promises, the irony of this is not lost on me.Continue reading “Ash Wednesday: to dust you shall return”

“Promise Us:” a series for Lent 2021

Based on the texts of the Revised Common Lectionary, Lent Year B Have you ever been changed by a promise? Sure you have. We all have. Maybe it was a girl whose pinky-sworn friendship strengthened you to slay the dragons of childhood. Maybe it was a partner whose promise of faithfulness gave you the courageContinue reading ““Promise Us:” a series for Lent 2021″