Rick Marshall

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

March 20, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 31:9-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
By Rick Marshall

Let’s call this Schizo Sunday; it wants to split and go in two different directions: Palm/Passion. But the problem is with our reading of the narrative and not the narrative itself.

Blue Christmas

Author - First Name: 
Rick
Author - Last Name: 
Marshall

A Service of Remembrance for the Time of Advent and Christmas

5th Sunday in Lent

March 9, 2008
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 130
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:6-11
Reading 4: 
John 11:1-45
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the text

5th Sunday in Lent

March 13, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 130
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:6-11
Reading 4: 
John 11:1-45
By Rick Marshall

Life-giving Power

4th Sunday in Lent

March 2, 2008
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)



Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 5:8-14
Reading 4: 
John 9:1-41
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the text

4th Sunday in Lent

March 5, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 5:8-14
Reading 4: 
John 9:1-41
By Rick Marshall

Trusting God’s Reality

All four texts assigned for this week speak to God’s leading to true perception. Themes of seeing and not seeing, light and dark predominate.

3rd Sunday in Lent

February 24, 2008
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)



Reading 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 95
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:1-11
Reading 4: 
John 4:5-42
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the text

3rd Sunday in Lent

February 25, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 95
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:1-11
Reading 4: 
John 4:5-42
By Rick Marshall

Continuing in the mood of Lent and the metaphor of forty days, signifying a time of temptation, we have a group of texts that focuses more tightly on the object of trust, which is God. The symbol of the life-giving power of God is water welling to give life. It is an active symbol, dynamic. We have already talked about brokenness in the primary relationship between Creator and creatures. The texts for today focus on the positive, using the image of water to meditate on the true source of well-being.  

2nd Sunday in Lent

February 17, 2008
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)



Reading 1: 
Genesis 12:1-4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 121
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Text

2nd Sunday in Lent

February 20, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Genesis 12:1-4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 121
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9
By Rick Marshall

This gathering of texts is an embarrassment of riches, especially from the perspective of a process-relational theology. When I read them together, I feel like a child in a toy store going from one toy to the next, wanting to play with them all at the same time; I want to go in several directions at once. But that’s the suggestive power these texts hold. I will assume that the preacher is familiar with each of these famous texts.

1st Sunday in Lent

February 10, 2008
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 32
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:12-19
Reading 4: 
Matthew 4:1-11
By Rick Marshall

If there is a season for creative transformation, it is Lent-Easter. What other season expresses so well the theme of death being transformed into new life in unexpected ways? Many biblical stories describe God creating a way out of no way, or creating a future where there is only despair. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate paradigm of how the transforming power of God works. Preaching during Lent-Easter will be variations on this theme.

1st Sunday in Lent

February 13, 2005
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 32
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:12-19
Reading 4: 
Matthew 4:1-11
By Rick Marshall

Who am I going to trust?
On this first Sunday in Lent, some of the basic terms and metaphors of the season of Lent are set out in the selected scriptures. Each one of them deals with the theme of boundaries and the temptation to break the boundaries and what the dire results have been in human existence. Of course, the Good News is that there is another way, provided by God, embodied in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to live in the world that leads to life and not death. But first, the bad news.

Proper 21

September 26, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
Reading 3: 
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Reading 4: 
Luke 16:19-31
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 146
Alt Reading 1: 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the texts
The texts for this Sunday have to do with wealth and property, and the possibilities and the pitfalls of money.

Proper 15

August 15, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 5:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Reading 4: 
Luke 12:49-56
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 82
Alt Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 23:23-29
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching

Proper 16

August 22, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 71:1-6
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 12:18-29
Reading 4: 
Luke 13:10-17
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 58:9b-14
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching

Proper 17

August 29, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 81:1,10-16
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Reading 4: 
Luke 14:1, 7-14
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching
Sometimes, when I’m in a quiet place and trying to be in the present moment, I am aware of the mental chatter of my mind that pulls me in so many different directions. The description of the mind’s chatter is aptly called “monkey mind. I have found that simple breathing techniques help me tune into the present moment, in spite of my mind’s own agenda. I find myself listening to the sounds around me, and to my mind that is chattering away. I observe and listen and focus on breathing.

Proper 18

September 5, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 18:1-11
Reading 2: 
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Reading 3: 
Philemon 1-21
Reading 4: 
Luke 14:25-33
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 1
Alt Reading 1: 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching

Proper 19

September 12, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Reading 2: 
Psalm 14
Reading 3: 
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 15:1-10
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 51:1-10
Alt Reading 1: 
Exodus 32:7-14
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the texts

Proper 20

September 19, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Reading 2: 
Psalm 79:1-9
Reading 3: 
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 16:1-13
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 113
Alt Reading 1: 
Amos 8:4-7
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching
Clergy burnout has been in the news lately. Studies are often published, books and articles written, about the subject. NPR recently had a half-hour program with the title “Clergy Suffering From Burnout, Poor Health.” An op-ed piece appeared recently in the New York Times by Jeffrey MacDonald, a UCC pastor, about clergy burnout. This recent flurry of attention might raise awareness in church pews, but not in church pulpits; clergy are well acquainted with the state of burnout.

Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Pentecost

May 30, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 8
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:1-5
Reading 4: 
John 16: 12-15
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on preaching

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