RCL: Living God

This week’s texts play with the tension between a living and permanent God. Luke 20:27-38 starts with the foolish humans asking a question. It is important to note that these Sadducees are Jewish, like Jesus is a Jew and to avoid making an anti-Semitic argument about how wrong they are. The Sadducees, are however, human.… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Celebrating Holidays

All Hallows Eve is coming. “Do we celebrate Halloween? Are there some people who don’t? Who doesn’t and why?” My seven year old son asks me. I think of our Pentecostal neighbors across the street, who we play with on a regular basis, “We do celebrate Halloween, but yes some people don’t. I don’t think… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Masters & Mustard Seeds

Luke 17:5-10 I love how I block things. For example I had no idea that the beloved Mustard Seed text was juxtaposed so handily with a troubling text about slavery and masters. I’m sure the issue is my whiteness in a white context. In the United States, at least, we are too often tempted to… Read More

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