Narrative Lectionary: Soft Targets (John 13:1-17)

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!”  The departing parishioner accosted my pastor friend at the church door, at the end of worship.  “Is that all you have to talk about?” “Pretty much,” he answered.  The Narrative Lectionary asks us the same question, and, thankfully, the answer is still yes. Read the scripture here. Read Meda Stamper’s commentary for Working… Read More

Friday Festival: Temptation and More

A stained and battered alb has at Diane Roth at Faith in Community thinking about the temptation to keep our true selves hidden.  A misadventure with a pen and the washing machine left her “new” alb with looking worse than ever.  “I briefly considered wearing the alb anyway, on Ash Wednesday.  If you see it,… Read More

Friday Festival: Gifts in Surprising Places

January is a hard month to love, especially in the Northern United States where I live.  Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere may be loving life these days, but January takes a toll here.  Our bloggers, in different locations, are finding unexpected gifts this week, and they share their discoveries with us. Living up to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Table Tipping (John 2:13-25)

“Well, Jesus got angry,” we hear people of faith explain, giving ourselves the right to be mad, too.  It can be directed at the person who made us late for an event to the ugliness of human trafficking, or anything and everything in between.  Our anger can be a slow burn or a hot flash. … Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Creator of us all, we come to you midway between one sabbath and the next, forgetting already that you made us for rest and play, not just work. Hear our praise for today’s small sabbath moments, the pause as the computer works or the coffee brews, the quiet of waiting in line, or the privilege… Read More

Wednesday Prayer: New Year’s Resolutions

God of the new, and of this New Year, help me, I ask, as I resolve to bag up my old judgments, my self-doubt and suspicion of others, and put it all out at the curb. May I shed the clutter of worn out ideas, and clean out the corners of my over-full mind. Let… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Word! (John 1:1-18)

“In the beginning,” John starts out, calling us back to creation and the vision of a new creation here.  In this new creation, the Word of God is alongside God, a partner is creation, until it takes on flesh.  Like the first creation story in Genesis 1, this creation has the feeling of praise-filled poetry. … Read More

Friday Festival: Advent Thoughts

Our bloggers are delving deeply into Advent’s work.  They’re writing about the bottomless  practice of watching and waiting for God’s presence to be born into the world again. At An Unfinished Symphony, Deb Vaughn invites:  The empty chair at the fireplace edge beckoned welcomed invited me.  “Come and sit” “Come and listen” “Come and just BE” And… Read More