Bible Study from the 1st Episcopal District Planning Meeting June 16, 2017 1stDBiblestudy.2017. copy
Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.
Sermons by Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.
Something NewScripture: John 4: 7-15 Sometimes our wants don’t line up with our readiness. Are you ready to do whatever is necessary—not just convenient—to get God’s best? Are you ready for...Categories:
Storm Stories: Nothing Beats the Right Foundation (video)Storms can occur anytime and in anyplace. This sermon admonishes us to be careful about how we build so that the storms of life cannot blow us away.Categories:
Storm Stories: Noah’s Ark (video)This sermons presents some biblical principles for surviving storms that come into our lives.Categories:
Wet Feet (video)Scripture: Joshua 3:1-13 The children of Israel had to cross two bodies of water before getting to the Promised Land: the Red Sea and the Jordan. At the Red Sea,...Categories:
No More DramaCategories:
Storm Stories: Noah’s ArKCategories:
Storm Stories: Nothing Beats the Right FoundationCategories:
One More ThingI Kings 19:1-18 When your “one more thing” threatens to break you, remember that God has one more move.Categories:
There’s Something Going on Even When We Do Not See ItCategories:
Go With Who You Got LeftDeut. 20:1-9 The discouraged, distracted, disheartened need to be in the ranks of the departed so that you can only “go with who you got left.”Categories:
Hidden HopeThere really is a plot to destroy us and the thing on the hit list is our HOPE because the most dangerous thing for someone who you want to keep...Categories:
Wet FeetJoshua 3:1-13 At the Red Sea, the waters will not part until God moves. At the Jordan, the waters will not part until we move. The Jordan's of our lives...Categories:
What God Does With StonesWhen David prepares to fight Goliath, he puts 5 stones in his pouch. He only uses 1. Perhaps each of David’s stones was symbolic of what God does and...Categories:
When Things Don’t Go As PlannedEcclesiastes 9:11-12 Things don’t always go as planned. Time and chance happen to us all—they are not reserved for the sinner and they do not exempt the saint. Therefore ,...Categories:
Do SomethingPerhaps you are waiting on God. But maybe, God is waiting on you. Perhaps it is time for you to "Do Something"!Categories:
3 Reasons to RestGenesis 1:31-2:3 When you are tempted to stress and worry, remember these three things and get some rest.Categories:
Is Fear A Factor For You?Mark 9: 14-24 Fear may be a fact of life but fear doesn’t have to be a factor that stops youCategories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
It’s Independence DayGal. 5:1-6 Stand free in the liberty wherewith Christ Jesus has set you free!Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
It’s Time To Move ForwardEx. 14: 10-14 It is not the enemy that is coming for you. It’s the past that is calling you. Don’t go back, move forward!Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Only Divine Hands Will DoPsalm 31: 1-5; Luke 23:46 There are some things you can hand over to humans and some things you should only give to GodCategories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Raze The RoofMark 2:1-12 The paralytic is lowered through the roof and placed at the feet of Jesus proving that sin does not prevent us from getting to Jesus; it gets in...Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
What God Has Never SeenMark 5: 1-9 There are some things that God never has nor ever will see. And that's some Good News!Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Remember That God Is BiggerNumbers 11:16-23; 31-32 Whenever we take our eyes off of God, we run the risk of thinking what we are faced with is bigger than it really is. Remember, every...Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
What Will You Remember?Judges 2:6-12 As long as Israel remembered what God had done, they were fine. Once they quit telling their story and forgot what God had done, they went astray and...Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Small Things MatterII Kings 5:1-14 Are you overlooking the small steps that can bring you big results because you have miscalculated the equations of your life?Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Start AgainGenesis 4:25-26 We are not the first and we will not be the last to have to start all over again. The good news is that if all you have...Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
To Be With JesusMark 3:13-15 The problem that many Christians have is that we do for the Lord but we don’t spend much time WITH the Lord. Remember, we are never...Categories:
Wine for Your WaterCategories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
You BelongMark 3: 31- 35 Jesus defines his family as those who do the will of God. If this is you, then you may be an outsider among people but...Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Your First Stop Is WorshipExodus 3:7-12 The Israelites journey toward freedom started with a call and command to worship God. Put first things first and your first thing is worship.Categories: Denomination-Methodist, AME
Posts by Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.
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There are some things that we must pray our way through. Sometimes, we must fast. Others, we must simply obey God. And there are some things that require worship. Sometimes we have to lift up our voices, our hands, our eyes, and our attitudes...
Psalm 78:65 says that the Lord “awoke as from sleep.” The psalmist uses the image of sleep to express what he felt was inaction on God’s part when the people were defeated by their enemies. However, God did not refrain from delivering them forever....
I know that things have not gone as expected or planned. Or maybe they have. The problem is that what you expected was the worst case scenario. Or perhaps things have not changed and that is just as bad. So today I am asking...
“Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.'” (1 Samuel 15:24) The story of Saul is a sad one. He is chosen as the...
We do not get to determine our call or select our assignment. We must discern our purpose and move forward by acting accordingly. This is not easy especially when you find yourself in a place, among people, or in a season that is difficult....
Psalm 77 starts with a lament: 1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3 I...
One of things that hold us back is what almost happened before. We live in fear of the near misses, close calls, almost happened situations as if they actually occurred. We worry that it is just a matter of time before “it” or “them”...
“ ‘Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make of him a great nation.’” Gen. 21: 18 It seems that often God gives us a “command/commitment” proposition in order to get us going. God commands...
So on that beautiful fall day, the evergreens weren’t the only ones preaching. Those maples had a word, too. They were giving it all they had that day. Jubilant. Vivacious. Spectacular. Joyous. Unafraid. Those are the words that came to mind. In short, they...
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One beautiful fall day, I was driving my niece to pre-school. I marveled at the beauty of the fall foliage. We live in what we would describe as “the country.” Depending on the time of year, your drive can be interrupted by wild turkeys,...
In my children’s room is a small ledge. On it, I placed a few small items including a set of wax candles in the shape of rabbits, my favorite animal. Once I set up my office, I moved my rabbits to the shelves of...
(originally published in More Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons, ed. Cleophus J. LaRue) As I have tried to make conscious and intentional that which I do almost automatically in preparing a sermon, I have noticed a change...
Originally published in The African American Pulpit (Summer 2004). “Biblical preaching has almost nothing to do with how many times the Bible is quoted in a sermon and everything to do with how faithfully the Bible is interpreted in relation to contemporary experience.” Thomas G....
Article originally published in The African American Pulpit (Summer 2002). Sermons originate from a variety of sources. That spark of inspiration, that “connection” between events experienced or words spoken and the Word of God are often the grist for the homiletic mill. The mind...
About Reverend Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.
The Reverend Raquel St. Clair Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church with 20 years of congregational ministry experience that transcends denominational lines. For 16 years, she served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ. In 2012, Dr. Lettsome parlayed her parish ministry experience into a consulting business to assist pastors and ministers with ministry organization, professional planning, preaching, and teaching. She is currently an Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY where she teaches a weekly Bible Study.
Rev. Lettsome is a published author whose books include The African Presence in the Bible: Gospel Sermons Rooted in History (co-authored with Dr. William D. Watley) and Call and Consequences: A Womanist Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Dr. Lettsome’s article, “Womanist Biblical Interpretation” is included in True to Our Native Land, the first New Testament commentary written exclusively by African Americans with earned Ph.D.’s. She also has articles in The African American Pulpit, More Power in the Pulpit, New Interpreters Bible Handbook on Preaching, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Doing Church, Vol. 2 and The African American Lectionary. She has written the commentary essay on Mark’s Gospel for Fortress Press’ one volume Commentary on the New Testament and the 3 pastoral essays for Westminster John Knox’ Feasting on the Gospels commentary series.
Dr. Lettsome holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (2005). She was awarded the Presidential Doctoral Fellowship (the highest award given to incoming Ph.D. students), the New Testament Fellowship, and the Expository Preaching Prize. Dr. Lettsome has served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate courses and as a Teaching Assistant for New Testament Greek. She is also proficient in the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Aramaic. Dr. Lettsome lectures in the areas of New Testament exegesis, theology, and history; Womanist theology and Biblical interpretation; and homiletics. She has served as a Field Education Supervisor for Princeton, New Brunswick, and Drew Theological Seminaries and on the advisory board of The African American Pulpit.
Dr. Lettsome’s preaching distinctions include the 2011 Distinguished Preachers Series at Riverside Church, NY, the 2011 George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher at the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, and a conference preacher for the 2012 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.
Raquel Lettsome is the proud wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. Together they parent their niece, Tiffany Simone, and son, Luke Charles.
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