Craft of Preaching

Worship

It's not just about the sermon -- preaching is part of the larger liturgical context of worship.

Creating Anew in Chaos: Preaching Easter in Year A

In these weeks and months of anxiety about viruses and quarantines, about extreme polarization in speech and politics, about the ever-present violence (in

Conversion and New Life: Preaching Lent in Year A

Year A immerses the congregation into the captivating readings from the Gospel of John: Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the man born blind, and Lazarus.

Extraordinary Light: Preaching Christmas and Epiphany in Year A

Preaching happens in a liturgical context. The Twelve Days of Christmas transition worshippers towards the Epiphany of Jesus. Epiphany is here understood

Stay Awake: Preaching Advent in Year A

Ed. note: This is the first in a six-part series.

The liturgical calendar and the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) introduce the worshiper

Greening Spaces

Mark A. Torgerson’s book Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry (Alban, 2012) offers numerous case studies of congregations that have incorporated

Church Announcements: Interruption or Liturgy?

Last year Working Preacher gathered a talented group of clergy to discuss the interaction between preaching and liturgy.

I’m not sure when the conversation

Writing Sermons, Writing Prayers: What's the Difference?

We’ve all heard them: preachers that add a “w” to the word “God.” “Gaaaa-wd calls us to luuuu-uuve our neighbor,”

Where Am 'I' in the Sermon?

Every preacher has his or her own personal anxiety dream. Mine is that I’m standing in the pulpit for the reading of the gospel, only to realize there’s

Who’s at the Table? Planning Worship in Community

My first call was in a mixed-race neighborhood, across the street from a public middle school. The playground in our front yard was a beautiful reflection

Savoring the Task: Keeping Easter Alive

Maybe we should pay for the high school trumpet player’s music lessons so we can keep the trumpet sounding for the great fifty days of Easter. I learned

Connecting Heart to Text: Embodying the Liturgy in Community

My first job in college was as a DJ at the local country music station in Athens, Ohio. I had no idea what I was doing. Just managing the soundboard and

Preaching Baptism in the Days of Easter

When I served a church in Atlanta, the churches on Ponce de Leon Avenue -- Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Lutheran -- met outside in the glorious

Designing the Mystery: Preaching at the Sending Rite

In a previous congregation, we ended every liturgy by processing to the back of the worship space. The congregation turned toward the cross as it passed

Where Are the Prayers? Preaching and the Prayers of Intercession

It happened too often. “Where are the prayers?” the assisting minister would ask as we got ready for worship. “Oh no, I forgot to print

Designing the Mystery

This is the first installment in a series on worship and preaching. To tell you the truth, I’m not interested in giving preaching help for seasonal