Narrative Lectionary: Unwrapped Gifts (Matthew 3:1-17)

It is hard to fathom Jesus as a grown man when just this past Sunday he was a baby being visited by Los Tres Reyes Magos. The Christian Church spends four weeks preparing for the birth of Jesus but he only gets to be an infant for two Sundays. Okay, I confess that maybe the fact… Read More

Friday Festival: Incarnation Impact

  It’s the fourth day of Christmas, and we may still be working our way back into whatever “normal” looks like for us. The world around us seems to shift gears with relative ease. “Happy Holidays” has been replaced with “Happy New Year”; Christmas candy has been discounted to make room for pink and red… Read More

Wednesday Prayer: For all the things

For all the things yet to be done, for all the bulletins being proofed, and the office staff running them, for the final versions (and belated first drafts) of meditations and prayers invoking light, imagining peace, or agitating for change, for the figures of Baby Jesus so well-and-carefully hidden we cannot find them, (check the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Surprise! (Matthew 1:18-25)

If you swab your cheek, and send your DNA off to one of the sites that will analyze it for you, there may be a surprise in store.  People who want to know where in Africa or Europe the family came from have, instead, been finding step-siblings and secrets about their parentage.  Long-held family secrets… 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

Friday Festival: The Light

In my church, our vision for 2018 focuses on how we can share the light of Christ to our neighbors.  This theme stood out to me as I was reading some of RevGal friends’ posts from the past few days: +++ In her post “Reflection,” Joy Freeman asks us to gaze at the a photograph… Read More