RCL: Baptism Renewed

It is time for baptism of Jesus, a well-worn text from the Revised Common Lectionary. This year its Matthew 3:143-17. Many leaders take this opportunity to hold a renewal of baptism. The timing is fitting in the secular calendar, New Year, New Start, Baptism Renewal. After the re-realization of who Christ is and that Jesus… Read More

Friday Festival: What We Embrace

Is it time to join a gym?  Follow up on a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking?  Make friends with Marie Kondo?  Our bloggers are writing about the gifts and challenges of the new year. Thinking about the star words that are often given at Epiphany, as a personal guiding star for the year ahead,… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of All Grace, All Hope, All Love- As we enter this sparkling new year, may we shed the coats of regret left upon our souls from last year. May the lessons remain in our minds while the shame is left in the past. As a crisp, fresh year sits in front of us, we… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: New Year’s Resolutions (for other people)

I was too busy throwing up my peppermint fudge brownie sundae (and whatever else I had eaten ever in my life) to make new year’s resolutions last week. But that’s OK. I’d be breaking them by now anyway. A couple of years ago I made some resolutions for failure in the new year—which worked out… Read More

Friday Festival ~ Happy New Year Edition!

The New Year is not exactly creeping in on little cat feet.  Celebrations, vacations, new church officers and endeavors, magi, baptism, frigid weather and wild snowstorms bring much of the northern hemisphere to a halt.  There must be something to write about, yes? Rachel Hackenberg starts us off with a New Year’s Eve poem/prayer and… Read More

Wednesday Prayer: New Year’s Resolutions

God of the new, and of this New Year, help me, I ask, as I resolve to bag up my old judgments, my self-doubt and suspicion of others, and put it all out at the curb. May I shed the clutter of worn out ideas, and clean out the corners of my over-full mind. Let… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: John the Baptist and glancing at other texts

Hello Friends, I hope your re-entry post-Christmas hasn’t been too bumpy. Perhaps it is because of the frenzied time of Christmas that the RCL returns every year to John the Baptist text. Hopefully Mark 1:4-11 can be familiar but not tired as you look forward. Although not a Christian concept, the idea of revolutionary baptism… Read More