Thursday Prayer: blessed are reconnections

Blessed are the reconnections: the sharing of a conversation in the garden, the carefully-spaced worshippers all in a room together, the fully-vaccinated family members who can finally hug. Blessed are the reconnections: the “how are you doing?” text, the “thinking of you” note in the mail, the “I miss you” phone call. Blessed are the… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Scattered and broken

Oh Holy One, We are broken and scattered. Our hearts are crushed. We see the debris of lives before us, tossed about with indifference and violence. We see the carnage of prejudice and bigotry. We are grieving. We stare at the broken bodies, the tearful families, the aches that cannot be eased, the posturing and… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: For Those Who Didn’t Schedule This Sunday Off

Depending on your age, background, location, or a dozen other variables you may know the Second Sunday of Easter as Low Sunday or Holy Humor Sunday. For those of us who have regularly served as supply preachers, this is a day you can always count on for getting a gig. Whatever your story may be,… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Doing Our Best to Breathe

I realized something as I watched the Derek Chauvin trial last week, while simultaneously preparing for Holy Week messages. George Floyd’s death had something in common with the death of Jesus Christ. First, both were executed by their government, or by select individuals acting on behalf of their government, anyway. Another similarity, which I could… Read More