Do you hear it? The cry of the oppressed? It would be easy to miss in our rush to get to the story of the call of Moses, but we must ensure that, first of all, we hear the cry of the suffering Hebrew people kept as slaves by the Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 2:23). The… Read More
In the name of Christ,
hear our prayers, O God!
Each and every minute
of each and every day
our faith is tested … Read More
I love this story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman. Admittedly, it’s a love that had come in more recent years. We get to witness a moment of growth in Jesus’s life. Yes, he was a man of his times and schooled in all the prejudices and human foolishness of his day. He meets a… Read More
Eternal Love- We appeal to you on behalf of persons, places, and situations that have not made the headlines. We ask for your mercy to pour out continuously for good in these circumstances. We ask that your presence be felt and known in clear and tangible ways. This is more than a plea for the… Read More
“Thursday’s Child” I don’t know whether you remember the children’s poem about children and the days of the week. I do. The poem begins: “Monday’s child is fair of face.” Here we are, on Thursday of the week. Today’s offering? “Thursday’s child has far to go.” That feels so sadly familiar right now. I am… Read More
The Narrative Lectionary runs each year from September to Pentecost which means that the summer break can be spent preaching on other things. One option this year is to spend 6 weeks in the Book of Psalms. We don’t often preach the psalms, usually preferring to sing them instead. In my tradition, we sing many… Read More
Your people, God, are hungry.
YOUR people, Lord, they thirst.
Your people cry in agony,
their only hope to be heard.
Righteousness is lost
in the hallowed halls of law … Read More
What a time to be planning worship! May God grant you words and actions to both express/name what is and to call/proclaim what God wills to be. Feel free to use/read/adapt with credit to the listed author and revgalblogpals.org 1A.Opening Prayer by Barb Hedges-Goettl (GATE-L) O God, in this time of change and challenge, we… Read More
Every daywe move the solstice sunone day along our Advent spiraland this weekwe name our hopes. We hope for reform of the welfare system,for an end to cisheteropatriarchy,for the smashing of white supremacyand other, smaller hopes:for a good writing day,for peaceful sleep,for a friend to be comforted,and so we pray. God, our hopes are wildand… Read More
We are most definitely awake,
but we are not wide-eyed wonder awake …
we are not child-like take-it-all-in awake …
we are not ready-for-what-is-coming awake.
No. …. Read More