Thursday Prayer May 26, 2022 A Blessing for Our Teachers

We need to confess, Holy One, that the world has made profane the sacred calling that is teaching; the sacredness of caring for our children and our futures is dismissed as menial labor, undervalued and sorely underpaid. Redeem us from the world’s thoughtlessness and help us to bless those among us who have answered this… Read More

Monday Prayer May 16, 2022

We are grieving, Holy God, all of the senseless deaths. Over six million from pandemic alone, and countless more from famine and economic struggle. Unexpected ones — preventable ones — from lack of access to healthcare resources, and let’s not forget the toll of war. Because if anything defines “senseless” it is the acts of… Read More

Monday Prayer – At Emmaus

God of the lakeshore — feed us. God of the doubters — reassure us. God of the road home — reveal yourself to us. God of the Spirit unleashed — advocate for us. And God of the empty tomb — remind us that since the beginning you have called the women, the broken, the disenfranchised… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Consumerism Kills

In Biblical terms, the word for “consume” means to waste or burn away (the Hebrew is “shmad”). To consume literally means to burn up.  It is an act of violence.  To lay waste to. To use up, expend, dissipate. I think of this more and more as we continue to have conversations of about our… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Tragically Flawed Hero

Sermon ideas for 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 (The Anointing of David) With the October 1 release of The Many Saints of Newark (2021) – IMDb we are once again reminded of the beauty of the Tragically Flawed Hero.  And just as the long-awaited Sopranos prequel locates Tony as the young adult poised to be anointed… Read More