Narrative Lectionary: On Earth as it is in Heaven

After reading the kin-dom stories found in this week’s text around 7 times this morning I can’t help but wonder if Jesus is expounding on the “on earth as it is in heaven” portion of the prayer he teaches his disciples in Chapter 6…? The story about the “good” and the “bad” dwelling together sounds… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God, on this day in the middle of the week It becomes clear that You are “both/and” Both merciful and just Both leading and at the same time granting free will Both the ground of our very being and transcendent over all In a time that can seem very complex Help us to know that… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all spaces, all boundaries, all borders: We look upon the lands that are yours. Many of our ancestors inappropriately deemed the territories theirs, forgetting that you built this world yourself and purposefully neglecting that others lived on the land. They’ve captured creation, hoarded it for their own self-interest, and excluded or oppressed many… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Be Alert this Advent

Yesterday we entered the season of Advent, a time in the church calendar where we are called to slow down and simplify our lives as we wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus, the One who came to us in the flesh as a refugee baby 2000 years ago and who will one day… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Holy One, The Psalmist cries out “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Protect our hearts as we work for justice and peace—that they not become hardened and bitter or so broken that we stop loving our neighbor, ourselves, and even You. Protect our minds as we take in all that is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:  A Rallying Cry (Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26])

I have participated in lots of rallies, marches, demonstrations, and protests over the years.  This is what this week’s text reminds me of.  Read it here. Like Joshua standing in front of the gathered people, moving stories are told. Lived experiences are shared. Rallying speeches are given.  At every crowd gathering—call to actions are made… Read More