11th Hour Preacher Party: Last Week of Ordinary Time

 When I think of Ordinary Time, I think of green and of trees. I understand why green; I’m not sure why trees. I took this photo as I set up for worship at our late September church camp worship service in the midst of Ordinary Time. This week, we finally come to the end of… Read More

Friday Festival: Dawn and Dusk

Shorter days are coming in some parts of the world, while others are finding longer, sunnier days.  In the U.S., I find this time of year hard, as the dark and the cold take a mental toll.  I found sustenance in our bloggers’ reflections on light, new dawns, and the beauty of twilight.  A new… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Congregational Planning with a Stewardship Emphasis

This week’s question is from a soon-to-be ordained pastor whose congregation is feeling some growing pains that will impact her own professional life. Dear Matriarchs, I serve a mid-size congregation as Director of Faith Formation. I recently became eligible for ordination and my congregation must now decide whether to call me to continue serving them… Read More

Wit’s Ends Day: Reviewing the Review

We just finished a pastor/congregation evaluation process at my church. Actually, our consultant says that this is just the beginning! We have exciting work ahead as we explore the summary documents! We should read through them prayerfully every night and consider what God is saying to us through the words of our co-congregants! What an… Read More

RCL: We Can Work it Out

This morning as I was pondering the interesting mix of texts on offer, I had a sudden realization: these were the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Sunday November 13, 2016– the Sunday following the U.S. presidential election. I chose then as I choose this week, to use the Isaiah and Luke texts. About two-thirds of… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Many Verses to God’s Love Song

This week’s Narrative Lectionary passage gives us two passages from Isaiah. The first is the love song of the vineyard yielding bad fruit in chapter five. The second is from chapter eleven, a passage we often hear during Advent, where a shoot grows from the stump of Jesse. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. A… Read More