RCL Reflection, Proper 17, Year A, Sept. 3, 2023. What on earth did Peter say or do that Jesus calls him “Satan”? Especially since Jesus had just told him of Peter’s key role in the future church? Maybe it’s Peter’s impression that the discipleship path is trouble-free. The Rev. Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Photo: Creative Commons)
RCL Reflection, Proper 13, Year A: Aug. 6, 2023. This week’s familiar reading of Jesus’ feeding the 5,000-plus offers the opportunity for us to speak of the common hungers of humanity. Our spiritual, emotional and physical hungers. Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Photo: FMSC Distribution Partner – Phillippines, Creative Commons)
RCL Reflection, Proper 8A, July 2, 2023.
What does it mean to be a welcoming church? Really? And how many of our congregations give a welcome worthy of the Gospel? Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Photo: Dru Broomfield, Creative Commons)
RCL Reflection for Trinity Sunday, Year A. June 4, 2023
Celebrating a complicated theological mystery, Trinity Sunday presents preaching challenges but also possibilities. Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Image: Latimore, Kelly)
RCL Reflection, Easter Sunday, Year A. April 9, 2023
Each Gospel writer has a unique take on the resurrection story, but Matthew’s would take the Oscar for most dramatic. His detailed account offers plenty of preaching points. The Rev. Elisabeth Hartwell explores.
RCL Reflection, 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A. March 26, 2023
So many preaching points arise from the long pericope of Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. Explore themes of death and new life in Christ. Elisabeth Hartwell explores.
RCL Reflection, Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A – January 22, 2023
How do we follow Jesus’ instruction that we become “fishers of people”? One surefire way is for us to establish and nurture spiritual friendships. Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Photo: Hannah Nelson, Pexels)