Revised Common Lectionary: Saints and Sinners

For all the saintswho from their labors rest……and we, somewhere in the space between mourning and jealousy, continue to labor in a world that assumes little opportunity for rest. The law is slack and judgment is perverted (Habakkuk 1:4), our bodies groan day & night and our strength is dried up (Psalm 32:3-4), faithful discipleship… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Generations

Blessed are those who pray in the mountains,where the signs of heaven are clear, wherethe echoes of creation’s praise roll like thunder.Blessed are those who pray in the dark of night,when the promise of the sun is distant, whenthe LORD whispers secrets to the despairing.Blessed are those who pray in the cities,where the revelation is… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Wormwood and Gall

God of our ancestors,the song we inheritedhas been starved in this famine of injustice;our tongues have driedfrom crying in this desert of hopelessness.Increase our faith!God of all creation,the grass will witherand we along with it, no matter our fretting;our breath will endlong before the mountain melts into the sea.Increase our faith!God of daily mercies,mustard seeds… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Setting Expectations

“Setting expectations” is a tactic of management: both self-management and other-management. It necessitates intentionality in communication and reflection. It provides a vantage point for reviewing successes and struggles, relationships and systems. Unclear and/or uncommunicated expectations tend to cause strain and conflict. Enter this Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts as case studies: Isaiah 5:1-7 sings of the… Read More