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Q: Do I need to pay to use the sermons?
A: No, they are free.

Q: Are the sermons copyrighted?
A: No, once these sermons are posted online, they are in the public domain. We do ask, though, that the writer please be credited if you use a sermon.

Q: Why use the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) instead of the lectionary readings in The Book of Common Prayer (BCP)?
A: The 75th General Convention, which met in Columbus, OH, in 2006, concurred with the resolution that the Revised Common Lectionary “shall be the Lectionary of this Church, amending the Lectionary on pp. 889-921 of The Book of Common Prayer, effective the First Sunday of Advent, 2007; with the provision for continued use of the previous Lectionary for purposes of orderly transition, with the permission of the Ecclesiastical Authority, until the First Sunday of Advent 2010.”

Q: Are there any sermons available based on the BCP lectionary?
A: Yes. If you look through the archives in 2005 and earlier, you will find sermons based on The Book of Common Prayer lectionary readings.

Q: How do I submit a sermon for the Sermons That Work series?
A: If you are interested in writing for the series, please contact Sarah Johnson ( Briefly introduce yourself and please provide a sample sermon.

Q: Can I send in a sermon I have already used?
A: Only as a writing sample. All posted sermons are assigned in advance by the editor.

Q: What are the guidelines for writing sermons for the Sermons That Work series?
  • Sermons should be 1,200 to 1,400 words in length.
  • Sermons should be based on the lessons for the Sunday or feast day assigned.
  • Sermons should be written in the third-person narrative voice. Please do not use first-person language such as “I” or “my,” since the person who will be reading the sermon aloud is not the writer.
  • Sermons should be universal in scope and not reveal the identities of any individuals.
  • Do not use footnotes or parenthetical citations.  These sermons are designed to be read aloud, so please integrate and cite your sources in the body of the sermons in a way that will not be awkward for the reader.
  • Please use language that is gender neutral and politically neutral.
  • Avoid subject matter that attacks religious or partisan groups or any person by name.

Q: Will I get paid if my sermon is used?
A: Yes, every writer whose sermon is posted on our website receives a small honorarium.

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