Narrative Lectionary: Hannah’s Prayers (1 Sam 1:9-11; 19-20; 2:1-10)

Narrative Lectionary Companions, The first thing to note this week is that we are a long way from the golden calf! If you are using this Narrative Lectionary cycle to help people gain a better understanding of the full sweep of the biblical narrative, it might be worth mentioning that we’ve skipped over six books… Read More

Friday Prayer: Have mercy

God of peace, God of justice, God who makes swords to plowshares And leads slaves to freedom: Kyrie eleison. Christ of compassion, Christ of confrontation, Jesus who healed the sick And overturned tables: Christe eleison. Comfort us. Shelter us. Empower us. Transform us. Have mercy on us, O Holy One. Amen.   Rev. Joanna Harader… Read More

Wits-Ends-Day: Church COVID-19 Survey Results

How comfortable would you be coming to in-person worship? Very comfortable. (33%) Fairly comfortable. (34%) Not at all comfortable. (33%) Comments: “Covid isn’t real and God will protect us from it.” “If we don’t meet in person next week I’m finding another church that really believes in God.” “If we meet in person within the… Read More

Friday Prayer: The Peace of Christ

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27 Perhaps this grieving is your peace. Perhaps this questioning This uncertainty This shaking of foundations Is the peace… Read More

Friday Prayer: For Juneteenth

*I realize Juneteenth is a uniquely U.S. celebration, but I trust the themes of freedom and celebration resonate around the world. God, Thank you for the celebration of Juneteenth: For those who claim the historical declaration of freedom, Who live within the spiritual reality of liberation, Who work for true justice in our country and… Read More