Sermon Starters

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Sermon Starters

We’re inviting communities of faith to observe a Gilead Sabbath either around May 17th, 2015, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia or in the month of June to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month.

Click below to find sermon starters for Torah Portions and Lectionary texts for those dates as well as Poetic Sermon Starters that could be used at any time.

Torah Portion Sermon Starters

May 7, 14  2016 – Leviticus 16:1-20:27 – Acherei Mot/Kedoshim

December 4-5, 2015 – Genesis 37:1-40:23 – Vayeshev

More Torah Sermon Starters coming soon! Find the Torah Portions for the end of May and month of June here.

Lectionary Sermon Starters

May 15, 2016 – Acts 2: 1-21 – Pentecost C 

May 17, 2015 – John 17: 6-19 – Easter 7B

May 31, 2015 –John 3:1-17 – Trinity Sunday B

June 28, 2015 – 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43 – Proper 8B

Poetic Reading Sermon Starters

“Who Said It Was Simple” by Audre Lorde.

Find more queer love poems here. 

Find LGBTQ Pride Poems here.

Poetic Sermon Starters Coming Soon!

If you’ve already preached a sermon relevant to the Gilead Sabbath Initiative, we would love to hear from you. Send us your sermon at