Wednesday Prayer

Ever present God, Open our hearts to find beauty even in the simplest of times. Open our minds to discover magic in the midst of routine. Open our hands in acts of kindness and tenderness. Open our day to include laughter, rest and sips that bring comfort. Thank You for breaking through the heavens to… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Illustrator- You painted the scenery and called it good- And yet, we abhor it. The night soulless sky void of life and light smothers us As we await for the flickers of dawn to appear. The morning’s arrival greets us with a forlorn gaze And a stupor brought on by the cloud’s authoritarian tenure.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Wine & Spiritual Gifts Edition

This week’s reading from 1 Corinthians is one of my favorites. A number of spiritual gifts are listed, in such a way that the reader could imagine countless more – this does not seem to be an all-inclusive list. What other gifts of the Spirit are manifest in your life, or in your community? Most… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Highs and Lows (Matthew 4:1-17)

When I visit a nursing home near my church, I say hello to the receptionist, and ask her how she’s doing.  Her answer is always the same.  “The devil is busy,” she says firmly.  Sometimes, if the phone isn’t ringing, she elaborates with news of her family’s struggles, or an illness or a problem she’s… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Beyond Pro-Life v. Pro-Choice

Earlier this year, I had an encounter that shook me in a powerful way. I was speaking on a panel of religious leaders at a sexuality education conference. I was by far the most progressive person on the panel. A woman who worked at an abortion clinic asked about finding chaplains, as so many of… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Baptism Edition

It’s Baptism of the Lord Sunday in liturgical traditions, which means that some of us are incorporating a renewal of baptismal vows, some of us celebrating an actual baptism, some of us remembering baptism in another way, and some of us doing something different altogether. Whatever your plans for Sunday, welcome to the 11th Hour… Read More

Friday Festival: What We Embrace

Is it time to join a gym?  Follow up on a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking?  Make friends with Marie Kondo?  Our bloggers are writing about the gifts and challenges of the new year. Thinking about the star words that are often given at Epiphany, as a personal guiding star for the year ahead,… Read More