Friday Festival: Reforming Our Lives

There’s a spirit of renewal in the air for our bloggers.  Some of it is chosen, and other parts are forced.  Some is welcome, other things much less so.  Near the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our writers are finding all kinds of other reformations in their own lives. Rebecca at Desert Sojourn is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: How God Sees (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

There’s a peculiar grief, for me, when a couple I married gets a divorce.  I feel a small pang of sadness when a member of a past congregation dies, and I’m not the one to officiate at the funeral that will celebrate their life.  These things are part of the past, but they reach into… Read More

Friday Festival: Small Routines, Big Questions

The daily activities of getting up, reading the news, eating a meal and thinking about our habits have our bloggers pondering how our ordinary routines reveal bigger truths. The Thoughtful Pastor, Christy Thomas, is getting a small glimpse of life with a disability or a pre-existing condition, and reflecting on how that changes everything about… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Real Families of Israel (Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23, 28:1-10)

Isaac, once betrayed by his father, Abraham, is now betrayed his wife and son, as they scheme together so the younger son, Jacob, gets the blessing intended for Esau, the older son. Read the Working Preacher commentary here. Read the scripture here. Not long before this, Esau comes home famished, and trades his birthright as… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Tender God, the world makes us weep, and so we can only imagine that you weep, too, seeing your people burned, forced from home, battered by wind and storm, and shaken by earthquakes. We bring our tears to mix with yours, praying for your great care to touch the injured, the grieving, the newly homeless.… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Tender God, we lift toward you the makeshift family of all those joined together by shared suffering. Look with mercy, we beg you, on your people displaced by ethnic cleansing, carrying their belongings on weary backs, on those cleaning up after earthquakes and storms, looking at the wreck of their homes, searching through rubble for… Read More

Friday Festival: The Threads We Grasp

Much has been written this week in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA in the U.S., commenting on the events of last weekend, and reflecting on it as a moral mirror for us all.   Wise bloggers have written about learning from our racist history, the racism in our own families, and the kind of… Read More