Sunday Prayer (In the Spirit of Thomas)

We do not see! We do not understand! We do not know which signs are true! Peace be with you. We cannot believe! We cannot find our grounding! We cannot discern the path forward! Peace be with you. Information is lacking! Too many liars claim expertise! Conspiracy theories confuse our spirits! Peace be with you.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Safer at Home?

It was the evening of Easter. Jesus’ followers weren’t sure what to do with themselves. They were mostly taking the safe route and staying secluded – almost in quarantine. There was no telling what danger they risked if they ventured out into the hubbub of the town. And yet, they had heard good news from… Read More

Glory! (Easter Sunday)

Glory! Life begun! Sing hallelujah! The grave has given birth, the tomb has revealed life, the tears have watered joy. Glory! Life eternal! Sing hallelujah! Heaven is unwavering, wonder is imperishable, love is not weary. Glory! Life temporal! Sing hallelujah! Every breath is new, the dust is a miracle, our stories continue. Glory! Life resurrected!… Read More

RCL: Grace in the Wilderness, A Poem for Easter 2020

This was first posted at Write Out of Left Field. Easter is a challenge for preaching this year, even with these very familiar texts. I wrote the following poem as I struggle to pull sermon thoughts together. You are welcome to use it in your worship with attribution. Please share any thoughts you have on… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Look Towards Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8)

This Sunday’s text can be found at Mark 16:1-8, and the commentary from WorkingPreacher here. On the day Jesus died, the state-run newspaper ran the headline “Fringe Group Leader Executed.” The Religious Daily News posted “Temple Cloths Torn by Invisible Hand.” The local radical weekly posted “Disciples Denied while Doyen Crucified.” Over the weekend, the… Read More

RCL: From Death to Life

This was originally posted at Write Out of Left Field Those little purple faces poking up next to the sidewalk on my way out of church on Sunday were nearly my undoing. Not exactly the color purple in a field, but I noticed. I saw them innocently reaching for the sun, the first of spring… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: still more resurrection

The weekend is upon us! For some, it’s well advanced and Sunday morning is nearer than we’d like, for others we still have a few hours to procrastinate  brainstorm… What are you up to this week? The RCL commentary for this week is here, and the NL is here. I admit to preaching this week’s… Read More

Friday Festival: For now and for later

It’s Friday in the post-Easter lull, which doesn’t mean the week wasn’t busy but only that we pastors may be living lull-ishly regardless. Some of the blog posts I’ll share are current and perhaps pertinent for this Sunday, while the others speak to last week and ideas we may want to bookmark for next year.… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Rejoice!

The heavens write large their rejoicing! The clouds are jubilant! The earth sings out gladness and beauty, joy and delight! Alleluia!  Christ is risen! Risen indeed!   Inspired by Isaiah 49:13 and Taize’s Jubilate Coeli.     Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor… Read More

RCL: Must be Thomas

It’s the first Sunday after Easter, so it must be time for Thomas. Of course, there are other options if Thomas doesn’t have appeal for you. There’s Peter defending his right, and the rights of the other apostles to preach Jesus. There are the Psalms full of praise and thanksgiving. There’s the Alpha and Omega… Read More