Revised Common Lectionary: Holy Translator

The Holy Spirit is an amorphous being. One who is compared to wind and fire. The one who comes down with the waters of baptism onto us, earthly, dirt-made humans. Through the Holy Spirit we have furthered our understanding of who God is to us. The Holy Spirit is an “advocate” the “Spirit of Truth”… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Church Seasons

Jesus said, “Have you never read what David did when he & his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, giving some to his companions too. In the same way, the sabbath was made for humanity’s sake — humanity was not made for sabbath’s sake. The… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Pentecost!

Welcome to the end of the season of Easter, and one of the only days in the church year that celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit! (Do you know where your red stole is?) RCL texts for this Sunday can be found here, and links to additional resources are available on The Text This… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Language Barriers (Acts 2:1-21)

Jerusalem, the setting for the Acts story, is also the site of the new United States embassy to Israel, which opened this week to much fanfare from some and much anguish from others.  Unlike on the day of Pentecost, this week, no one was speaking the same language, or hearing news of grace in their own… Read More

Thursday Prayer: decent and disorderly

Dear God, In the part of your church I’m from we like to talk about worship being done decently and in order. We are busy writing prayers, crafting liturgy and dressing the building for Pentecost: that day when we celebrate your life-giving Spirit, poured out on all flesh. Help us not to be so concerned… Read More