When my daughter was in middle school, she was torn between her natural thriftiness and a longing for the “it” lunch bag. In a storm of middle school angst, we talked about this dilemma day after day, until one day it solved itself. The longed-for lunch bag appeared in the school lost and found. It… Read More
NARRATIVE LECTIONARY: Mary, the Samaritan, and the Better Path
Reflections for Sermon writing on Luke 10: 25-42 (1st Sunday in Lent) As the pandemic continues to radically change our worldview – simultaneously giving us a global perspective while locking us into a local bubble – it is time again to think of that always important question: who is my neighbor? I love that the… Read More
Pastoral Care and Health Care
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You are acquainted with all my ways. For it was you who formed my inward parts; I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:1-14… Read More
Revised Common Lectionary: Lost and Found
Years before I was out to my congregation, Friend A approached Friend B, and said, “I think Pat R. is gay.” Friend B, who knew full well that I was indeed in a relationship with another woman said, “Well, what makes you think that?” Friend A replied, “I saw her at the Pride worship service!”… Read More
Revised Common Lectionary: Will the real God please stand up?
This is my first week to write the Lectionary Leanings and I am really excited. Or at least I was until I looked at the readings for this week! (You can find this week’s RCL readings here) I am struggling with the juxtaposition between the Old Testament Readings and the New Testament Readings. The God… Read More
Ask The Matriarch- It’s already Thursday!
Greeting and welcome to Ask the Matriarch! I’m filling in for a few weeks, so I have two requests: 1) Bear with me 2) If I’m not doing this the right way, please let me know! On to the question for the day: I’m a pre-Seminarian (hoping to start in August), and I’m getting plenty… Read More