Friday Festival – Wrestling With Prayer

During Lent, I held a luncheon series on Ways to Pray.  We explored verbal prayer, writing prayer, movement prayer, praying through art, and praying through singing.  Through these experiences, all of us saw our communication with God expand – nudging each of us to open ourselves to the variety of ways we are called to… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Dialogue Starter- For boundary training I would like to give thanks. Yes, it’s not easy to think of the do’s and the do nots of ministry. It’s not easy to continuously reevaluate ourselves, our power, and our place… But… It reminds me of my privilege which I must acknowledge. It reminds me of my… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Purple (but not Lent)

My childhood church had a tradition of the youth performing a musical each year on Mother’s Day. One year, our choir director chose a musical named Paul & Co. by John Horman and Mary Nelson Keithahn. To this day, a song from this musical goes through my head whenever I hear the Lydia story: A seller… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hoping Against Hope (Romans 5:1-11)

When my daughter was young, I would often say, “Hmmm…” as I thought about something.  “What hmmm?” she would demand, wondering what I was pondering. We have the same reaction to Paul, as the reading begins with “therefore…”  “What therefore?” we wonder.  Read the Narrative  Lectionary Commentary here. Read the scripture here. With his adept… Read More

Friday Festival: Back to the Foundation

As the week winds up, our bloggers are returning us to the essentials.  They offer a counterbalance to whatever sorrow, aggravation, worry or rage the week has brought to us.  The image above is Bonnie Jacobs meditation on the laundry — just in case your week has been like that, too. Jan Edmiston reminds us… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Holy One who abides in my words- In my awkwardness and lovely lack of self-esteem, I second-guess the words which exit my mouth. Anxiety sets my mind on fire, igniting doubts, and the flames of overthinking spread rapidly. Reset my racing mind. Allow me to release the conversation. Relax my heart, and help me find… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

As we enter dimly-lit tunnels today, Holy Sojourner, may we sense you just ahead of us. You see the joy, the pain, the terror, the ecstasy before we experience it. Allow us to know that you travel just a few steps in front to be our guide through the dynamic turns in the road. You… Read More