Wednesday Prayer

So much to weep for today, God, as we imagine that you are also weeping, crying over unnecessary deaths, unthinking celebration, more people wounded, disheartened and with their hopes dashed again, battered people who are now mourning again. Forgive us, God, for our silence, our inattention, and our easy distractions, and for our hard hearts that… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Language Barriers (Acts 2:1-21)

Jerusalem, the setting for the Acts story, is also the site of the new United States embassy to Israel, which opened this week to much fanfare from some and much anguish from others.  Unlike on the day of Pentecost, this week, no one was speaking the same language, or hearing news of grace in their own… Read More

Friday Festival: Revealing the Hidden

Our bloggers are writing about things unseen this week.  They explore the hidden nature of other people, themselves and their lives.  Also, the thinly veiled beauty of chocolate chip pie. Unconscious contracts are on Mags Blackie’s mind, as she ponders the things she does without thinking deeply about them.  They include “The knee jerk response… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Palm / Passion Sunday (John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22)

“Sir, we would see Jesus,” the plaque on the pulpit proclaimed, visible only to the preacher.  In a former congregation, like many places, the words of people seeking Jesus greeted every preacher who stepped into the pulpit.  Mysteriously, thankfully, in that particular church, the plaque was lost in a sanctuary renovation. The people who come… Read More