Revised Common Lectionary: Beyond Understanding

Mother Teresa is frequently credited with the quote, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” A version of that saying shows up in this week’s epistle reading. “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he… Read More

Preacher Party: Lent 2, Mother Hen Edition

Greetings RevGals and Pals! How goes your sermonizing this Saturday, noon-thirty-ish, EST? (Passages are available here at The Text This Week. Reflections and conversation starters are also on this blog, at the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary posts. I also highly recommend this week’s Raven Review post, which takes a fascinating position about the… Read More

Have Mercy

Kyrie, eleison. Χριστέ, ἐλέησον. Señor, ten piedad. אדון רחם נא (Adon raḥem na) Herr, erbarme Dich unser. 求主怜悯 Here, ontferm U. Господи, помилуј (Gospodi, pomiluj) Seigneur, prends pitié. Domine, miserere. Xin Chúa thương xót chúng con. Panie, zmiłuj się. Bwana utuhurumie. يا ربّ ارحم (Yā Rabbu arḥam) God of love, have mercy on us, your… Read More

Friday Prayer

Dear God of all times, places, and peoples, I ask for your Spirit of consolation and strength to be present in clear and tangible ways to the people, especially the Muslim community, of Christchurch, New Zealand. In a time of shock and grief, grant peace and gentleness to neighbors helping neighbors. Let the wails of… Read More

Friday Festival: Early Lent

  Hello, all!  I’m filling in on today’s Friday Five, which has reminded me that a lot of people are practicing, practicing, practicing — and then writing about their Lenten practices. In The Edge is Here, Elaine is writing about words, words, words for Lent.  Her exploration of the word “possess” asks us: What do… Read More

Ask The Matriarch: When Their Situation Touches You

Pastors’ work requires our competence and our compassion . We have the professional tools to guide our congregants and congregations through joys, challenges and sorrows. How do we handle ourselves and our role when a death in the congregation finds us dealing with our own feelings? This week’s question: I have to do a funeral… Read More