Friday Festival: Regaining Our Footing

One of our bloggers began a reflection this week by saying “I never imagined I would have to preach a sermon about anti-Semitism.” It’s been a week of unprecedented violence, unimaginable callousness, and unapologetic hate speech. Some of our bloggers are probing the depths of the pain and anger; others are seeking to find a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Is there a way?

No matter where in the world you are preaching this week, the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the US Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be somewhere in the minds of your hearers. Many pastors and counselors have spoken of receiving call after call from people with their own stories… Read More

Friday Festival: The Gray In-Between Times

Maybe because I’m pondering transitions in my own life these days, I saw a lot of images of transition and writing about transition in our blogs this week. Maybe it’s the gray sky that marks the transition from night to day or from clear sky to hurricane-force winds. Maybe it’s the transition from work to… Read More

Friday Festival: Summer and Winter and Springtime and Harvest

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.             (Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas O. Chisholm) The second verse of this familiar hymn calls our attention to the world God created for our sustenance… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: The Politics of “Just”

I have served almost exclusively in small-town and rural congregations in the Upper Midwest. Each of those congregations has a quilting group that makes dozens, sometimes hundreds, of quilts each year. Today I’m thinking about two of those groups. In one group, one of the members made it her special ministry to cut up the… Read More

Friday Festival: It’s the Little Things… and the Big Things

Some of our bloggers are using “little things” as a springboard for their reflections this week, while others are launching directly into “big things” that speak to us all. “Our dogs say something about us… and how we’ve lived our lives–how we’ve attempted to live our faith.” In Just Katherine, Katherine Doyle thinks about the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Bending Toward Mercy

If you’re a Revised Common Lectionary preacher, this is the first Sunday of the church year when you can choose between a First Reading designed to echo the theme of the Gospel and a First Reading designed to provide a semi-continuous path through portions of the Old Testament. First Reading (Complementary) – Deuteronomy 5:6-21 –… Read More