Narrative Lectionary: Unwrapped Gifts (Matthew 3:1-17)

It is hard to fathom Jesus as a grown man when just this past Sunday he was a baby being visited by Los Tres Reyes Magos. The Christian Church spends four weeks preparing for the birth of Jesus but he only gets to be an infant for two Sundays. Okay, I confess that maybe the fact… Read More

RCL: Wandering Wisdom

Its one of those rare Sundays when Narrative Lectionary and RCL mirror one another, and we all pause to celebrate Epiphany. Epiphany is a funny concept. We think of it as a sudden burst of inspiration, but experience is that it is more gradual, like the journey of the magi. Whether the magi come a… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Home by Another Way

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Nightt Epiphany (meaning: reveal) is the day celebrated that the magi (Three kings or wise men) came to visit Jesus. If you want to know more about the Feast of Three Kings/Epiphany here’s an easy little article with some details! To read the full… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: A Rare Word

This coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts are filled with God’s call: to young Samuel in the middle of the night (1 Samuel 3:1-20), to Philip and Nathanael in Galilee (John 1:43-51), and to each of us with every word on our tongues & every action of our bodies (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 and 1 Corinthians… Read More

Friday Festival: The Light

In my church, our vision for 2018 focuses on how we can share the light of Christ to our neighbors.  This theme stood out to me as I was reading some of RevGal friends’ posts from the past few days: +++ In her post “Reflection,” Joy Freeman asks us to gaze at the a photograph… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Choose Your Own Adventure Sunday

Jesus passes through childhood in the blink of an eye this lectionary cycle, with only one Sunday in the season of Christmas before we enter Epiphany. There are so many occasions to mark, and not enough Sundays in which to do so! While the brief attention given to Jesus’ infancy and childhood is faithful to… Read More

Friday Festival: Wise Women Think about Epiphany

Back when I was sending out Christmas cards (meaning: before I entered the ministry), I would often choose an image of the Wise Men for the cover of my card. There was something about the idea of people leaving everything familiar to travel toward something unknown, having only a distant star to guide them, that… Read More