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

Revised Common Lectionary: Exalted and Humbled Edition

How do you pray? Between last week’s persistent widow and this week’s Pharisee and tax collector, there are lots of examples of prayer in Jesus’ teachings at this point in the lectionary. Will you be exploring the topic of prayer with your community this week? Alternately, the point about the humbled being exalted (and vice… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Valentine’s Day Edition

Here are a few things to keep in mind this week as we get ready for Valentine’s Day: While Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for many, it can also be painful, stressful, and lonely for others. There is a lot of pressure in our society to “find a partner, settle down, and have a… Read More

In the Company of the Saints

This past Sunday afternoon, I was at church with my son. He was playing in the back and I was meeting with a couple of people in the front. A man from the congregation came by and did some minor repairs on the building, including changing lightbulbs. My son followed him around- interested in the… Read More

The Multiplier Effect

Mark 6:30-34 – esp 31b: [Jesus] said to the Apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.”  RGBP translation: “Come away to a place set apart where we can rest, recoup, share resources, and support each other.”  The congregation I serve is beginning to have honest conversations about money and… Read More