Saturday Prayer – After Violence

Dear God, Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses. We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy. But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil – the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we, Your children gather on city streets,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: Inclusion and Control

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting in Edinburgh this week. In the midst of our worship and debate, we took time to pray for those caught up in the terrorism perpetrated in Manchester and in Egypt as well as all those places around the world who don’t feature in news headlines. There was also… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Telling My Congregation about a Health Crisis

Our question this week comes from a Rev whose health crisis brings her face-to-face with three things that we pastors would rather avoid in our congregations: taking time off to care for our health, revealing intimate details about our personal lives, and opening ourselves up to well-meaning comments and advice from parishioners. Today, our Matriarchs offer… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: All in the Family

We continue this week with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Text can be found here (including the verses we aren’t preaching from–just to see what we’re missing): Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29. Commentary from Working Preacher is here.  I am fond of Cuyler Black’s cartoon about Paul and his letter to the Bergmans. It’s always a helpful reminder… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: We are Not Left to our own Devices

There is something within us that resists limitations and authority. We don’t like to admit that we have so little control over our lives and that humanity is not the ultimate authority on much of anything. I’ve been thinking about something I read many years ago by Peggy Way. She wrote about “the fact of… Read More