Narrative Lectionary: Not Me, God! The Call of Moses (Exodus 2:23-3:15; 4:10-17)

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

Wednesday Prayer

Thank you for the reminders along life’s journey Forgive us for the ones we chose to ignore today May your Holy Spirit continue to disrupt our dreams with images of justice, love and equity and transform our apathy into compassion and kindness and may tomorrow not be too late. Amen. ********* Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks… Read More

Sunday Prayer: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Your glory, O God, stands triumphantin high places and low,in mountains and valleys,across rivers and oceans that once bled.How the mighty have fallen from their thrones!How the satisfied have been reduced to hunger!How the fortresses have crumbled to piecesbefore the powerful wind of your whisper! Your voice, O God, has heaped hot coalsupon the evil… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: All Day, Everyday!

Warning…this may seem like a rant. However, I feel the need to share my recent experience as an example of why this particular blog space is so vital. Too often, many think of pastor OR prophet.  Sometimes we even describe someone as both pastor AND prophet. I believe that the role and responsibility of prophet… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Six Weeks of Summer in the Psalms

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

Narrative Lectionary: What, no palm branches? (Luke 19:28-44)

In times gone by, my usual practice would have been to allow the liturgy and hymns, the marching with palm leaves and the singing of “Hosanna”, to speak most loudly on Palm Sunday. However, in their absence (due to Covid restrictions this year), there is both a need and an opportunity to take a closer… Read More