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About the Authors

Jill Duffield holds an M.Div. degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and a D.Min. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. She has pastored congregations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Jill won the James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage and the Award of Merit in Bible Reference for “Looking Into the Lectionary.” She is the current editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook and is married to Grant. They are the parents of three children.

Keith Hewitt is a pastor and occasional speaker at Christian events. He is the author of three volumes of plays and has written stories for StoryShare (a component of SermonSuite.com) for many years. He lives in southeastern Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and assorted dogs and cats.

Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson attended and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and his D.Min. degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is currently the chaplain at Bethany Meadows in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, traveling, reading and amateur photography.  He is married to Juliana who is also a Lutheran pastor.

John B. Jamison is pastor of First United Methodist Church, Carthage, Illinois. He holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He also received his master’s degree from Quincy University. John is a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, The St. Louis Writer's Guild and the Lincoln and Beekeepers Association, just to name a few. He has appeared several times on the nationwide United Methodist television program "Catch the Spirit." When he is not writing or beekeeping, he enjoys painting gardening, and playing the guitar. He and his wife Patricia are the parents of one adult child, Tricia.

April Yamasaki is an ordained minister with 25 years of ministry experience as the lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church. She is now Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church, which is a liturgical worship community in Abbotsford, B.C., and the Editor of Purpose, which is a monthly magazine featuring stories of everyday inspiration. She writes on spiritual growth and Christian living online and in print, including her two websites: www.aprilyamasaki.com and www.WhenYouWorkfortheChurch.com. Her book publications include Ordinary Time with Jesus (CSS) which is a collection of sermons; Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal; and Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @SacredPauses.

William G. Carter has served as pastor and head of staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania for over 25 years. He received his BA degree from the State University of New York and his MDiv degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. An accomplished jazz pianist, Carter has extensive experience as a composer and arranger, having studied and performed with noted jazz artists such as Phil Woods and Bob Brookmeyer. He is the author of several books, including Water Won't Quench the Fire (CSS), Praying for a New World (CSS), The Gifted (CSS), and God in the Present Tense (CSS). He is married with four adult children and is also a professional jazz musician. His Presbybop Quartet ( www.presbybop.com ) tours nationally, presenting concerts and jazz vespers around the country. His sermons and articles have appeared in Journal for Preachers, Presbyterian Survey, Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, The Christian Ministry and Best Sermons (Harper-Collins, 1994).

Steve Molin grew up in St. Paul Minnesota. He earned a MA in youth ministry from Luther Seminary, and then spent eight years serving in the international youth organization, Young Life. He returned to Luther and received an M.Div, and was ordained as pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Steve served congregations in South Dakota and Minnesota, and recently retired after 43 years of ministry. He is the author of several books and devotionals, and was featured in the short film, “If there were no Lutherans would there still be Green Jell-O?” He and his wife, Marsha, are parents to two children, Kyle and Kindra, and they are grandparents to five precious little ones; Gordie, Sonja, Rory, Felix, and Crosby. The Molins reside in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Charley Reeb is currently the pastor of Johns Creek United Methodist Church in Johns Creek, Georgia. He has previously served churches in Orlando, Lakeland and Plant City, Florida, Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, and has also served as a chaplain and devotional speaker for the Georgia Senate. Reeb's work has appeared in Ministry Matters, Leading Ideas, Preaching and Circuit Rider magazines. Reeb also has been one of the guest ministers on the Hallmark Channel's Day 1 Diner, a part of Naomi's New Morning. Reeb is a graduate of Florida Southern College. Candler School of Theology at Emory University and has received his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. Charles and his wife Brandy are the parents of one son.

Ronald H. Love has a cosmopolitan work experience having been employed in the church, education, public service, and business. This has exposed him to multiple facets of the human condition, fostering sensitivity and awareness. In his quest for knowledge he has acquired six degrees which include: Bachelor of Arts, Slippery Rock State College; Master of Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Master of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh; Master of Education, Duquesne University; Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Love was called to be a theologian from a career as a Virginia State Trooper. This transition has been the litmus test for all his theological writings, for it made him mindful that biblical interpretation and theological positions must parallel what people experience in daily living. Therefore, his guide is that his theology must be able to dwell on the streets of Page County, where he was assigned as a state trooper, for this is where people live; this is reality. If a theological treatise that he composes cannot live on the streets of Page County then the theology is misguided, for the streets are real. Dr. Love has written for CSS Publishing in Charting the Course, Emphasis, and The Immediate Word.

2019-20 Cycle A Resources Package

This package of resources will help you and your congregation in many aspects of your ministry. This collection includes:

  • Sermons based on Gospel texts
  • Sermons based on Second Lesson texts
  • Stories for preaching and teaching
  • Lectionary-based Commentary
  • Lectionary-based Prayers

2019-20 Preaching & Worship Resources
Lectionary Reflections, Cycle A: Lectionary Bible Commentary for Preachers and Teachers by Jill Duffield
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series II, Cycle B by Peter Andrew Smith This volume provides preachers and teachers of the Bible with accessible, carefully researched commentary that sparks their own creativity as they prepare sermons and lessons.
Book $29.95 / E-book $9.95
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Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series III, Cycle A by Keith Hewitt
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series III, Cycle B by Keith Hewitt If you’re looking for imaginative reflections that take you right to the heart of the scriptures, the newest edition of CSS’ popular Lectionary Stories for Preaching and Teaching series is the perfect resource for you.
Book $27.95 / E-book $9.95
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Praying the Lectionary, Cycle A: Prayers of the Church by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series II, Cycle B by Peter Andrew Smith The prayers in this book can be used as is or modified to local situations — a real time-saver that will make weekly worship planning a little easier (and more enjoyable).
Book $20.95 / E-book $9.95
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2019-20 Gospel Sermon Series, Cycle A
Be Different by John B. Jamison
Be Different by John B. Jamison Cycle A sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany based on Gospel texts.
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On the Way with Jesus by April Yamasaki
Imagining the Gospels Cycle A sermons for Lent/Easter based on Gospel texts.
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Revising the Agenda by William G. Carter
Like a Phoenix Cycle A sermons for Pentecost Sunday Through Proper 17 based on Gospel texts.
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Others: Sermons We Should Be Preaching to Ourselves by Steven Molin
Mark His Word Cycle A sermons for Proper 18 through Thanksgiving based on Gospel texts.
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2019-20 2nd Reading Sermon Series, Cycle A
Lose the Cape by Charley Reeb
Hearers to Kneelers to Chosen The Transformed Life Cycle A sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany based on Second Lesson texts.
Book $18.95 / E-book $9.95
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What, Then, Would You Be? by Ronald H. Love
Redemption To Transformation The Journey of Lent and Easter Cycle A sermons for Lent and Easter based on Second Lesson texts.
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