The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton at her blog Telling Secrets, challenges herself to preach without a text or notes in Preaching from the Heart:
I’ve tried it, from time to time, over the years. But, I’ve really been attempting serious application of this theory on Sunday and major holidays.
Here’s some of the things I’ve learned:
First, this is not as easy as it looks. Seriously.
And, let me tell you from first hand experience, it’s not for sissies. …
I was … taught that one ought […]
by Deirdre Good
Text: Beginning to Pray an experience with a Russian woman whom he visited in a nursing home before she died at the age of 102. It was shortly after his ordination and she sought his advice. “All these years I have been asking people who are reputed to know about prayer, and they have never given me a sensible reply, so I thought that as you probably know nothing, you may by chance blunder out the right thing.” […]
by Sara Miles
Most days, as I sing my way through the Psalms for morning prayer, the words enter me in a half-focused way. But I always wake up with a shiver, the way you jerk awake from a dream of falling, whenever I hear: “I raise the cup of freedom as I call upon God’s name.” The line is from Psalm 116—crucially, a Psalm of praise.
I am filled with love, for the Lord hears me;*
The Lord bends to […]
by Emily A. Mellott
Look at that – the reading you picked begins, “finally, beloved.”
I don’t know if you did that on purpose – I’d guess that the statement of lived love that follows those words is why you picked that reading for you and us to hear.
But, finally, beloved.
Look at you – after twenty-five years of life together, getting married.
You know, and we know, that the real work of marriage is what you’ve been doing, and what you’re promising […]