Sarah McGiverin

Sarah McGiverin

Sarah McGiverin is a graduate of Duke Divinity school, a former (and future?) United Methodist pastor, a Sunday school teacher, a wife, a mother, a knitter, and an armchair theologian.

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Articles

Children's Sermon for Your First Sunday

By Sarah McGiverin
As you prepare for your first Sunday in a new congregation, you may already have started planning your first sermon, or thinking about what hymns to sing.  But what will be… read more

Living in the Season

By Sarah McGiverin
Our Lenten disciplines and programs are in full swing, and our sermons and Bible studies are keeping our congregations in the wilderness on the slow approach to Holy Week. … read more

The Old Testament in the Lectionary: Finding Sermon Series Inspiration

By Sarah McGiverin
Following the scriptures suggested by the Revised Common Lectionary when planning worship has much to recommend it: many print and online publications offer worship planning helps … read more

The Easy Way Out?

By Sarah McGiverin
My husband and a good friend were deep in conversation: should our friend return to his home conference to pursue ordination, or should he transfer to another one, in which… read more

"Why Are They Laughing?"

By Sarah McGiverin
The older children had been asked by the stewardship committee to speak to the congregation for one minute or so each on their favorite things about coming to church. Among the… read more

Children's Sermons: 6 Essentials

By Sarah McGiverin
Children’s sermons must be really hard to do, because I have mostly only seen them done poorly – too often they exploit children and pander to the grown ups in the… read more