Friday prayer: make us faithful stewards

God who extravagantly blesses, you give us much and ask us to be purposeful in how we use it. It’s that time of year when many churches think more intentionally about how to allocate their funds and invite members into the spiritual discipline of giving. There’s extra anxiety around money talk this year, since the… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Stewardship of the Ideal

Today is the umpteenth who-even-knows-anymore day of the Season of COVID, during the weeks of protests for racial justice, in the days following the heart-rending, history-revealing passing of the honorable John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. Representative from Georgia. Rep. Lewis died at the age of 80 after 65 years making “good trouble”… Read More

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

Why I Give to RevGalBlogPals: God encounters

When people ask us, as ministers, where we get our support there are many answers. Our peers, our colleagues, our neighbours, our sessions and church committees are all potential sources for support. It is now 13 years since my ordination, and for the last eight years I’ve been a solo minister in a village where… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God of many names We lift up those facing the ravages of storms that go by many names Present storms and storms that have passed, leaving stark reminders of just how small  and vulnerable we are The fear is real The loss is real The trauma is real Bring peace and restoration to every person,… Read More

The Ministry of RevGalBlogPals: worth every penny

I have been a member of RevGalBlogPals almost since the beginning. From a couple dozen friends reading each other’s blogs, through a centralised website where we shared ideas, to conferences and other continuing education events, to a facebook group of over 5,000…RGBP has been a crucial part of my life for my whole ministry. At… 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

Narrative Lectionary: What is this Stuff? Edition (Exodus 16:1-18 — Bread/Manna From Heaven)

Well this is a hop skip and a jump through the story isn’t it? Last week we stood with Moses beside the burning bush as he was given a job to do. This week we are already out in the desert with this nation of complaining hungry people. You can read this week’s story here.… Read More