Friday Prayer: 1 January 2021

I said to my soul, Soul, we are here. We are here with the aches of the past. We are here with the promise of the future. The past has promise too. That someday there will be meaning and depth and story that we do not yet see. That promise fulfilled does not mean that… Read More

Thursday Prayer: New Year’s Eve

  This is a prayer for anyone who is not readyfor the New Year yet.Who is not readyto move on yet.Who doesn’t have energy for “New Year New You”. Who is still in the grief of it all,who isn’t ready to be gratefulfor it right now,or to turn all hard times into “growth”. This is a prayerfor anyone… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Christmas Leftovers Edition

What do you do with the second Sunday after Christmas? Do you get a jump start on Epiphany, or sing all the Christmas carols that somehow haven’t been sung yet this season? Is this the Sunday for a much-needed vacation, or the Sunday to start a new preaching series for 2021? Does your congregation observe… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political – The Impromptu Journey Back

I refuse to believe that I am alone in revising my life and reassessing goals on the fly. I had a different plan but join me on this impromptu, unplanned journey back into 2020 with hopes for an improved 2021 ahead. I had to let go of what I wanted and initially dreamed of embracing the gems of the reality of 2020. Read More

Worship Words: Christmas 2/Epiphany

Do you know what day it is? As I type, it’s Tuesday, 29 December 2020. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, enjoy the fresh foods of the season. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, remember to get your Vitamin D and drink plenty of water. We are in the season wherein many pastors lose track of… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: the tweenager Jesus (Luke 2:41-52)

The celebration of New Year’s Eve (Hogmany) is a big event in Scotland. However, this year it will be very much curtailed, as were our Christmas and Easter celebrations, along with the festivals of other faiths in 2020. It’s within this very different New Year that we read of Jesus’ family going up to Jerusalem… Read More