Wednesday Prayer

God we hear Your loving, yet powerful call as we enter into this season of reflection, remembering and returning We respond With symbols plain for all to see on our faces Gentle reminders on our hands Resolute promises in our hearts We are ready to put in the work To reflect on our sins, woundedness… Read More

RCL: Get Dressed and Go!

For most of the world, Christmas is over. For a few of us we are counting down the twelve days of Christmas. Many of the people who will gather for worship on Sunday have packed up their Christmas decorations and have moved on to New Year’s plans and resolutions. Yet, on the only Sunday in… Read More

Saturday Prayer – While Washing the Dishes

A plate, a cup, a bowl, a spoon. It is morning, and I am washing yesterday’s dishes. Forgive me for the sin of leaving these dishes unwashed. And for the other sin of wishing I hadn’t left the dishes unwashed And for the further sin of convincing myself I’m probably a very bad person for… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: A Notable Pastor Evaluation

  First United Church of Nazareth Pastoral Evaluation Report from Pastor/Congregation Relations Committee (PCRC)   Over the past three weeks, the PCRC has asked congregation members to submit pastoral evaluations as we seek to provide accountability to our pastor and strengthen our congregation’s ministry in the community. We appreciate all who took the time to… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Jesus the Border Crosser

Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your feet marching steadily, as you did, into places of fear and grief and danger. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser May we be your hands, reaching, as you did, across imaginary lines drawn in sand. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your mouth, prophesying, as… Read More

Friday Prayer: Letting Go of Shame

Eternal Divine Love,  Shame plays more of a role in my life than I want it to. Shame functioning as the voice saying I “Should Have Already Mastered Everything”, Shame saying that I could do this thing if I tried harder and Shame asking why I’m not as good at the things other people can do, in seemingly effortless,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Table Tipping (John 2:13-25)

“Well, Jesus got angry,” we hear people of faith explain, giving ourselves the right to be mad, too.  It can be directed at the person who made us late for an event to the ugliness of human trafficking, or anything and everything in between.  Our anger can be a slow burn or a hot flash. … Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Money Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary continues to bring us complicated teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. In an attempt to catch Jesus teaching against the government, the Pharisees ask him about paying taxes. Is it lawful or not? Jesus says to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Spoiler Edition

Do you think Jesus was an extrovert or an introvert? Here, in Matthew 14:13-21, is Jesus after a really tough time; his family disowned him and then his cousin is killed by the powers that be. When I was small, I was sad, because I was convinced that Jesus was an introvert, because he wanted… Read More