RCL: Advent – minus – one

The final Sunday in the church year contains one of my favorite passages of Scripture. When did we see God? When we saw a person in need. How did we show love to God? By meeting the person’s need. Matthew 25:31-46 is one of the most straightforward instructions for faithful living that we find in… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

“Do what scares you most,” they say. God, this is obviously creating a panic inside of me. I know tackling this fear is crucial to family and friends and my sense of call. I know this in my head. But my soul is cringing right now. The one thing that scares me the most creates… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Settle In (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)

Recently, my dad has had a full schedule of hospital appointments and doctors’ visits.  Because he’s using a wheelchair, a Care Transport van picks him up for each appointment.  Without fail, the driver is a gentle man in the uniform of brown pants, brown shoes and a green jacket, with limited English, and careful driving… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

If we celebrate a Celtic Advent, with seven weeks of preparation of Christmas, mirroring the seven week of Lent, it begins today.  I find myself drawn to this longer season of preparation, feeling like the traditional four weeks are the church’s celebration, and these first three, bonus weeks are a gift for me. In the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Slow and Steady Edition

One Sunday when we came home from church, this tortoise was wandering in the middle of our street. It turns out that he belongs to our neighbor across the street, and he had “run” away. He is an African spurred tortoise, and it was fascinating to watch him. He didn’t get in a hurry, but… Read More

Friday Festival: It’s Been a Week . . .

How to respond?  Four possibilities: Every day – every single day – I wonder about church, the who what where when why and how of church. Laura Marie of Everyday Christianity suggests that we think of church as a verb. Huh. Are we bringing hope?  That’s the question Jan Edmiston asks in achurchforstarvingartists. We are… Read More