11th Hour Preacher’s Party: The Wisdom (or, uhm, not??) of Kings, Prophets, and Bread

    After years of storing our home baked communion bread in the freezer of the church kitchen, we had two Sunday’s this summer where we discovered the communion bread was gone. All of it. 9 loaves, twice. Taken, I imagine, by a homeless person who wandered in to the kitchen, which is also the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Church Seasons

Jesus said, “Have you never read what David did when he & his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, giving some to his companions too. In the same way, the sabbath was made for humanity’s sake — humanity was not made for sabbath’s sake. The… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Evening

  Whatever we need this night, to prepare us for the morrow – celebration or solitude, prayers or parties, chores or cheer – grant us oh God.  Amen. Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the… Read More

Friday Festival ~ It’s Still Summer!

In some ways, it’s been too fast (vacations speed by) and in some ways too slow (the heat does not speed at all), but it ~ Summer ~ is not over yet.  And we are walking and remembering and unwinding and caretaking and assessing. I’ve done what Michelle Francl of Quantum Theology notes is wise,… Read More

Ask The Matriarch: How to “Retire” a Faithful Servant

Let’s take a moment to call to mind, with deep appreciation, the saints in our congregations who give their time and energy to our congregations’ ministries, sometimes for years. Especially beloved are those who selflessly serve the children and youth of the church. Can we talk about how to shift their role and honor their… Read More

RCL: Getting the Point (Bread from Heaven)

Then the Jews began to complain. This line sticks out to me in John 6. What is more human, then to complain? Here is a group of people in the presence of Jesus, and they do not even know why he is existing. I am trying to imagine how Jesus had to tell his story… Read More