Narrative Lectionary: Can we get to Jerusalem Already? Edition (Luke 18:3-19:10)

There are stories that remain with us for years. This week’s text offers up one of them (though would I remember it so well without this sappy little song???). Many chapters ago Luke told us that Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem. Surely we must be getting close by now right? On the other… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Vespers

On learning that the word vespers, meaning evening prayer, is from the Latin meaning evening star. Just a pinprick of light in a blue black blue sea of sky. At first, you are barely a flicker. But with each passing breath, you strengthen. You are rising, you are pulling the night around your shoulders. You are… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Seeing and Serving

This week’s readings, whether in the Narrative Lectionary or the Revised Common Lectionary, invite us to consider different ways of seeing: sight restored, seeing as God sees, and taking note of those on our paths every day. All offer rich images for us to ponder. In what direction is your pondering headed this week? Are you observing… Read More

Friday Festival: Standing in the Need of Prayer

Feeling my own need for prayer, today for the Friday Festival I scoured the words of our RevGalBlogPals’ blogging community for Spirit-full reflections that echoed and uplifted my spirit. With deep gratitude for their poetry and insight, these are the words of Beth Richardson, Teri McDowell Ott, Scoop, Liz, Charlene Hinckley, Julia Seymour, and Diana Trautwein.… Read More

Friday Prayer: In Grief

Wisdom of the Ages- You reveal the Divine Self as similar to one who lifts an infant to the cheek. (Hosea 11:4) Through the Spirit, I lift to You those whose infants are ill and struggling. I ask you see those whose adult children are dying. Show mercy to those whose houses are suddenly silent… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The See and Be Seen Edition

Sight and vision are at the heart of the texts this week. This theme is subtle at first, but grows stronger through the readings until it cannot be missed in the Gospel. In 1 Samuel, one wonders what God saw in David that was clearly missing in the Jesse’s other sons who were older, more… Read More

Ask The Matriarch: To Confront or Not to Confront?

Our Matriarch inbox brought us an interesting scenario from a Rev who has found out something through the grapevine that left her feeling angry and betrayed. Here’s her story: Dear Matriarchs, Our tiny church recently had our big annual supper which is attended by many community members who are not members of our church. The… Read More