Tuesday Prayer

God, today is World Emoji Day 😀, and it may seem silly 🤡 to share the concerns 😳🤔😮 of our hearts 💕 in this new system of communications, but here is my prayer. 🙏🏼 God of steadfast love ❤, our hearts 💚💙💛❤️💜 are 💔 when hearing of world 🌍 events. Our leaders 👨🏽‍⚖️👩🏻‍⚖️seem to be… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: One Humanity

This week’s Revised Common Lectionary readings are timely. In Ephesians 2, Paul teaches that Jesus has erased divisions between people, and created a single, united humanity. Groups that were previously at odds have been reconciled. Peace reigns. Together, all people build a community that becomes the household of God, a place where the divine can interact… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Wild Winds- There are times when chaos sets the world in motion, creating beauty and possibility. This chaos is from you, God. This chaos is infused with hope and love. And then chaos exists solely of hate and destruction. Through this power of evil, hate reigns and soot suffocates. The havoc creates pain and… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Being Prophetic in a New Call

Just this past week, I started a new call in my hometown.  I am ecstatic to be the senior pastor of this congregation, and they are excited for this new chapter in their church. As this is a congregation with a variety of political and theological views (like most in my denomination), I’m finding it… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

For this new chapter of my life, Divine Designer, I pray this day- For my new desk and new pens and new office, I ask for blessings. May these spaces be one in which I can bring peace into the world. For my new pulpit and new sanctuary and new flock, I give joy. May… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Peace, Be Still

Last night, as I was driving home after a church council meeting, the threatening-looking clouds finally opened up. I spent the last few miles of my drive in heavy rains with thunder and lightning. I wasn’t afraid of perishing, as the disciples in the Gospel for Sunday, but I certainly had renewed appreciation for the… Read More

Friday Festival: Under the Surface

Our bloggers are looking at ordinary encounters from all sides this week, seeing the spiritual layer of things beneath our everyday encounters with people and God. Deb Mechler is reflecting on the power of spiritual direction to shape our view of the world.  Recently certified as a spiritual director herself, she notes the ways that… Read More