11th Hour Preacher Party: An Epiphany!

Are you observing Epiphany? Or the Second Sunday of Christmas? Or something else, moving into the new year? Revised Common Lectionary (including both Epiphany and Christmas 2) and Narrative Lectionary posts are available for inspiration. (Have you found the Wandering Wisemen on facebook yet?) Here is the place to offer and ask for help, on… Read More

Friday Prayer: Epiphanies in Due Time

Dear God- All time is contained in you. In my own understanding of time, I am baking a cake for a birthday party, preparing for a funeral, and grieving the daily news. In time beyond my understanding, magi from somewhere unknown are traveling to find a baby whose birth they perceived by observing a celestial… Read More

Friday Festival: The Other Side of Christmas

Like every other pastor, I struggle with the Christmas Eve sermon.  Having spent the year with church members standing by a graveside, or sitting in a claustrophobic hospital consult room, or handing out tissues when there are no words, I wonder what to say when I look into their eyes on Christmas Eve.  The good… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent 3

According to my calculations, Advent is more than halfway over. How are we feeling? I’m guessing that you might feel a bit like I do, so please, take a deep breath. Repeat. And one more time. Ok. Do that several times today. It will help. What’s happening for you this Third Sunday of Advent? Choir… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: When is friendly too friendly?

This week’s question is about a lot of things — inclusive church and appropriate touching are two of those. What are the real issues here, and what’s a pastor to do? Dear Matriarchs, My question is about creating a culture of respectful touching — and not touching — in a congregation that is very friendly,… Read More