Narrative Lectionary: Loneliness & Abundance

It is important to note that many people struggle with infertility. That for those in our congregation, of all ages, the struggle to conceive a baby is real. Who knows how many miscarriages Sarah had. Who knows if Sarah was one of those who’s body never quite worked right. There are those who long for… Read More

RCL: This Changes Everything

Here Jesus warns of the cost of discipleship. That it will cost you a real way, in your relationships to follow Jesus. This is a hard text for me, when I would rather be nice and get along, then directly challenge people. And yet, my faith in Jesus calls for me to name and lament… Read More

RCL: Worry and Safety

Do not worry is a tough message in the United States this week. But there is a big difference between feeling safe and being safe. Oftentimes feeling safe is putting stock in material things. Knowing you have money in the bank, having a house, putting up alarm systems or walking around locked and loaded. My… Read More

Sunday Prayer for 7/21/19: Prayer for the heat of the day

Photo of Chute de la Dame Blanche near Quebec City, 8/16/17, by Barb Hedges-Goettl Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the… Read More

Sunday Prayer 7-14 based on John 1

Image: https://larrystewardjames.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/in-the-beginning-was-the-word-and-the-word-was-with-god-and-the-word-was-god-john-11/ Prayer: Life-giving Word, Creating Word which made and sustains all life Word Incarnate, made like us and dwelling among us Word which the Spirit recalls to us, give us the power of your Word that we may pray truly, sing fully, and worship you in all we do. Amen.   Rev. Dr. Barbara… Read More

RCL Apostles Instruction Manual

Here, is one of the few places where the disciples are not following Jesus (physically), they are instead sent ahead, as apostles. And, as they are going without Jesus, he gives them the instruction manual of dos and do nots. “pairs” Jesus doesn’t send anyone alone. A model that we often forget in the church.… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Pastor as Preacher

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how to preach without being political. When the latest tragedy: be it gun violence, a natural disaster or the latest racist incident comes to pass I can’t not address it. Just picking the text for the day is a political act. Am I contending with the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Holy Translator

The Holy Spirit is an amorphous being. One who is compared to wind and fire. The one who comes down with the waters of baptism onto us, earthly, dirt-made humans. Through the Holy Spirit we have furthered our understanding of who God is to us. The Holy Spirit is an “advocate” the “Spirit of Truth”… Read More