Announcing Sabbatical

As 2019 turns to 2020, Preach The Story (PTS) takes a pause to decide which way to turn. For a variety of personal family and other reasons, I have decided to push the pause button and declare a sabbatical to reconceive and recreate a new PTS. Starting with the new year, the site will remain open and subscriptions active for current subscribers, but until the sabbatical is over we will take no new subscribers and post no new content. I will continue to post daily on the Preach The Story Facebook Page, and probably will be posting more than ever since I won’t know what to do with myself. But we are looking at what has been most helpful to you in the past and what we can make most helpful to cutting-edge preachers in the future. All subscriptions will pick up where they left off with the new PTS, and current subscribers will get certain “charter subscriber perks” in the new PTS. We also hope some of you might like to help us in the funding of the new PTS. If so, go to my website and you can easily make a tax-deductible PayPal (et al) contribution to SpiritVenture Ministries. Thank you for your patronage. Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your prayers. And thank you for being on this journey with us as we seek to fashion the premier homiletic resource for the future.

– Len Sweet

Let’s Create a Preaching Renaissance 

My Prayer For You

Pastor’s Prayer for 29 December 2019

O Lord Jesus Christ,
by your incarnation you united
things earthly and heavenly.
Fill us with the sweetness
of inward peace and goodwill,
that we may join the heavenly host
in singing praises to your glory;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

–Gregorian Prayer, 6th C

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A Note from Lori

Hi everyone. For those of you using my Story Sermons and The Story Lectionary, my Bible Studies, and my work on, I want to thank you for your loyalty and support over the past 5 years from the site’s inception to now. I love you all. While I will no longer be writing for, I am proud to say, I will be writing and developing new ventures and would love to keep you informed. If you would like information or to be on my email list to be informed of how you can continue to receive my sermons, how to continue accessing The Story Lectionary, how to receive up-to-date news on where to access my work, or just to keep in touch with me, please contact me at and I will make sure you have what you need now, and direct you to where you can access my material in the future.
Blessings to all of you for 2020. I look forward to a continuing relationship with all of you and to future creativity. Many blessings, Lori Wagner