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

Friday Prayer: Manifestation

Eternal Openness- We are in a season in which our readings, our hymns, our liturgies point to your signs, your work, your presence, your physical being… We pore over these texts as though revelation will leap out from the microscopic spaces between black ink dots, which blend to form letters. We keep our heads down,… Read More

Friday Five: Needing an Epiphany

Recently, I was watching the movie Wish I Was Here.  As the main character – a dad in his thirties – was facing a bit of a life crisis, he took his children to one of his happy places.  This location was one that led him to an epiphany.  His son asks him “what is an… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political – Our Finest Gifts: Affirmation, Inclusion, and Solidarity for Transgender People

We’re approaching Epiphany. Whether you observe this twelfth day of Christmas on January 5 or January 6, it’s a day for remembering those who came to see the Christ child and recognized him as a king, despite the outward signs of humble birth. In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem… Read More