Pastoral is Political: “Pastor, Stay in Your Lane!”

We in the United States are less than two weeks away from nation-wide elections in the middle of an economic crash wrapped in a COVID pandemic and fried in “science sucks” with a side of a high-stakes Supreme Court nomination.  We will soon know what kind of United States of America people have voted for,… Read More

RCL: Baptism Renewed

It is time for baptism of Jesus, a well-worn text from the Revised Common Lectionary. This year its Matthew 3:143-17. Many leaders take this opportunity to hold a renewal of baptism. The timing is fitting in the secular calendar, New Year, New Start, Baptism Renewal. After the re-realization of who Christ is and that Jesus… Read More

Friday Prayer

Life-giving Mother, Strengthen me to say… To the spiritual forces that oppose you, Get behind me, Satan! To the political forces that subvert your desire for healing and wholeness, Get behind me, Adversary! To the force within me, struggling for control of others and all situations, Get behind me, Sin!   I renounce the forces… Read More

RCL: You are My I Love You

When I read John 15:9-17 I find myself reading it in many different tones. So far, my favorite is to read it in is exasperation. You the super-exasperated “I love you” that is sometimes the best you have to give one another. Its a favorite of my husband and I’s, we will be completely be… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: John the Baptist and glancing at other texts

Hello Friends, I hope your re-entry post-Christmas hasn’t been too bumpy. Perhaps it is because of the frenzied time of Christmas that the RCL returns every year to John the Baptist text. Hopefully Mark 1:4-11 can be familiar but not tired as you look forward. Although not a Christian concept, the idea of revolutionary baptism… Read More

Friday Festival: Potluck

  Our Festival topics this week range from the practical to the deeply spiritual, from bodily health to mental health, and from marriage to single life. If you click through to read, be sure to leave a comment. Someone in our Facebook group mentioned bullet journals, so I was glad to see Wendy Lamb’s post showing… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Well Pleased

I breathe in. I breathe out. You breathe in. You breathe out. We breathe in. We breathe out. We take a step And then another. Not toward each other But in the same direction Toward the healing rollicking water We pause and then We step in Swirling. Pulsating. Cool and yet warming Together we hear… Read More

Friday Prayer: Water Life

Holy Parent- There were surely people who believed the water in which John stood was somehow magic. Likely, they sought to carry it away in small bottles or wineskins, especially those who perceived something about Jesus as well. The muddy Jordan- barrier and invitation- was hardly the holy water of imagination. Yet the water cycle… Read More