Revised Common Lectionary: Prayers and Whining

If you were ever going to have a “superheroes of the Bible” series in worship, this would be a great week to start! Esther saves the lives of an entire nation. And Harbona the eunuch gives a solid assist. A woman as a superhero with a queer sidekick? This Bible reading pushes more boundaries than… Read More

Saturday Prayer, September 18, 2021

At the Rhiannon Giddens concert God, I’m grateful for the womanwith songs from her Black heritage,Indigenous, Gaelic, Southern heritage,and her insistence on caringfor the safety of listeners. I am grateful for restaurantswhere I sit outdoors,libraries and local storesstill with curbside pickup,ventilated, “time-visit” museums,strained, stressed, creative schools,(and the saints who work in them), church staff and… Read More

Friday Prayer

A Psalm in the time of COVID-19 My heart has no joy, O Lord, For it is weighed down with imprecations. I struggle to feel anything but contempt For those who spread lies, who conceal the truth, Who reject the opportunities to help others. I lament the truth of history, Wherein people have been treated… Read More

“I Just Don’t Want to Hear it from the Pulpit”

The most basic definition of politics is “the way that people living in groups make decisions.” Therefore may every sermon we preach be political. May it be consequential enough to have an impact on the decisions people listening will make, whether those decisions are about how they will comfort themselves and one another in a time of tragedy or about how they will reorient their lives away from oppressive behaviors. Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Hard Questions

In this northern hemisphere, it seems that all the schools have finally started and the weather is beginning to turn (high in the 90s instead of the 100s here in Southern California). The program year may be starting up, different from last year, but also different from all the years before. What are the questions… Read More

Tuesday Prayer – A Prayer for Anxiety in Times of Hate

God of the Racing Minds and the Calm Hearts- Divine Wonder, how is it that that anxiety continues to overtake us? How is it that so many of us all over this planet are fixated on our own concerns, drowning in their our privileges, forgetting our connection to many others? As my mind jumps from… Read More