Sermon and Preaching Ideas from the texts of the Revised Common Lectionary

The cross stands high on churches and reminds us of Jesus' last words, "It is finished."
Jesus' last words, "It is finished," are a three-word sermon that invites us into a life of peace, community, and connection. It is a call to lay down our arms and to find last peace.
A chalk drawing of the earth with stick figure people holding hands around the perimeter. This reminds me of how grace can unite us.
Peter is called to extend grace to people far beyond what he has ever imagined. The Spirit is always trying to get the Church to catch up to the speed of grace.
The labyrinth is a fitting symbol for the faith and doubt journey.
How can a church grow in connection and solidarity? Churches can create a profound impact by allowing people the freedom to hold both faith and doubt openly.
Like a skilled artisan, God can help us weave a beautiful life by thoughtfully living with others.
The Bible offers us deep wisdom about how to live a beautiful life. There are three phrases we can embrace that will help us weave a God-honoring life.
Pride often leads to a distored view of self
While pride is a destructive force that can lead to internal and external strife, when healthy it can ground us in our ethics and faith. 
God's mercy flows like a stream to us
Mercy is like water - persistent, shapes us, lifts us up. Jesus washing feet shows God's love & service. We experience it too - in beauty, forgiveness, & by sharing it with others.
Like a bloom, the peace of Christ allows faith to blossom amid flaws and failures.
Our flaws, failures, and fears do not define us! Jesus comes to us and speaks peace to our ailing hearts and builds our faith.
In this ordination sermon, I implore the congregation to trust in God's grace alone to define one's worth. It's hard to stop hiding, but the Lord loves to find and love us.
"Forgive" is the hardest and smartest command of Jesus. I debunk several misconceptions about forgiveness and show the teachings of Jesus provide the transformative power that redefines our future.
Teach me that I am indebted to grace and allow that grace to help me understand how I can give grace and forgiveness to others.  
Peter gets rebuked by Jesus for disagreeing with how Jesus will choose to act! God provides minimum protection and maximum support in this ever-changing world. Peter doesn't wants a fixed faith, but Christ wants him to be fixed by faith.
Upon this rock I will build my church, says Christ! Those words give us confidence in our calling as we bear witness to our faith in a world that is often unpredictable and hostile. The gospel will prevail.
The storm rages and Peter asks to walk with Christ on the water while the disciples remain in the boat. What does faith look like in the storms of life?
Peter became an important part of the Church, but he started off as a stranger, just like me and you. In this article, I wonder what it looks like to own our faith and to grow beyond our own set limits.
Like Jonah, we think God's love is confined to people like us. God, however, extends the circle to include and asks us to do the same.
Family praying together around table
As you enter this new year, maybe you wonder, "How do I live my faith more consistently?" The New Testament writer has simple, helpful advice for us.
Baptism can be a living reality for us and not a one-time affair. John welcomes us into the water and Jesus invites us into the kingdom of gracious tomorrows.
A major theme in the Bible is exile--we get lost. Thank goodness another theme is this: God knows how to lead us back home.
The disciples are unnerved by Jesus' announcement of his upcoming departure, yet Jesus trusts God's ability to work through them! Can we be so bold to trust God to work through us when we feel so underequipped?
Less than a week after the death of his son, Alex, Rev. William Sloane Coffin stood in the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City and spoke beautiful truth to his congregants. May it offer support to all in need.