Narrative Lectionary: Nap Time (1 Kings 19:1-18)

In these COVID-weary times, this has become a signature scripture for lots of worn-out pastors.  Meeting up with Elijah after his big showdown with the prophets of Baal, we find him exhausted.  Discouraged.  Unable to see that his work is making any difference.  Anyone feeling that way about now?  Nurses, doctors, teachers, parents, mental health… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God of hope, disappointment lurks right under the surface of everything these days, and fatigue is overtaking us.  Loss is ever present, and the way ahead is murky.  We stumble forward, longing for your presence.  Let your gift of hope settle on us again, we ask.  Infuse us with your love.  Bless us with sacred… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Let’s Eat! (Exodus 16:1-18)

Manna looks like a simple fix for a simple complaint.  Still, as always, God is up to something bigger.  It looks like food, and it’s really the taste of freedom.  These COVID days have sparked a lot of conversation about technical vs. adaptive change in the church.  We often fail to recognize adaptive challenges, which… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Beginnings (Genesis 1:1-2:4a)

“September is another January,” writer Gretchen Rubin says often, conveying the feeling of a new start in September.  In the U.S., where I live, school is starting, and students, aides and teachers are back to in-person learning in many places.  This year, the beginning also feels dangerous, with COVID still hovering.  Churches shift to fuller… Read More