Friday Festival

As Advent approaches, so do our focuses on certain themes for this liturgical season – specifically waiting for the birth of Christ to bring us a new light into our lives. Yet we rarely see waiting as a gift. As she participated in jury duty, Michelle at Quantum Theology states this: “There was a lot… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Holy Creator of Seasons- Advent’s loving arms filled with hope, peace, joy, and love wait at the end of this week. In these sacred bonus days between the celebration of gratitude and Advent’s commencement, allow your Holy Breath to fill our souls with the reviving energy they need. Remind us that hope cannot be found,… Read More

Friday Prayer: What Will Be

I think a lot about sanctification. That particular theological undertaking is not often pondered in Lutheran circles, since we are heaven-bent on emphasizing justification. Yet, I cannot believe that God brings us into right relationship with the Divine and with creation, only to let us remain the same for the entirety of our lifespan. I am… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Cornucopia of Blessings, Sometimes it takes every effort to express my gratitude for all I have. The pain gets in the way. Worries plague my mind. The distractions of everyday life mar my view of your glow. In a week of thanksgiving holiness, Clear my obstructions in order to see your intentions for my… Read More

Friday Prayer: Psalm 27 Revisited

Psalm 27, Revised Julia Edition God is my opening to life and my deliverance from evil— who thinks they can scare me? The Lord is a solid fence around me— who will try and come through God’s defenses? When those who oppose God’s will come at me thinking they can do something, it is all over for… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Warm Spirit of Love- On this World Kindness Day, may your breezes bring forth the hope we need for a caring world. May the extreme chills of hate be driven away by balmy sentiments, acts of justice, and moments of mission. May we see that each of your children hold the Spark of the Divine… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: What Large Teeth You Have!

Whose power do we adore? Whose authority do we fear? Whose aggravation, whose violence, whose ridicule causes us to cower? Whose steadfastness do we trust? The stones of a temple? The teeth of a wolf? The prayers of a priest? The comments of family? In this Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts, the stones of the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Short-Term Memory

We are the dead; short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. from In Flanders Fields by John McCrae Sunday, November 11, 2018 was the one-hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War One in Europe. The festivities have been… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Ya Got a Sermon?

This ostrich seems to be asking, “Ya got a sermon in there?” (or, ahem, maybe I’m just feeling a little pressed to get mine written). Revised Common Lectionary preachers are considering scribes and widows, widows and prophets, orphans and widows. Check out a post and discussion here. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering the prophet Micah’s… Read More