Worship Words October 3, 2021

Sometimes the lectionary and the traditions of the church don’t exactly combine to make worship planning seamless and easy. Words of Jesus about divorce as the Gospel reading on World Communion Sunday? How’s that supposed to work? I offer no solutions other than being glad there are a plethora of wonderful World Communion Sunday resources… Read More

Friday prayer: communing together

God in all times and places, this weekend is the annual observance of World Communion Sunday. This occasion seems particularly poignant this year. Some clergy and congregations aren’t authorized to celebrate the Lord’s Supper virtually. Many of those that are will do so from separate spaces, given the dangers of the pandemic. And yet, the… Read More

RCL: By the Rivers of Babylon

“By the rivers of Babyon—there we sat down and we wept when we remembered Zion.” This lament of the exiled Israelites is haunting. In fact, all the texts this week are haunted by lament, at least to my ears. I guess we come by the mourning of our past naturally. People of faith have been… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: We Are One In the Spirit?

I am fascinated by the story of Jennifer Cramblett, an Ohio woman who is suing a Chicago-area sperm bank for giving her vials from the wrong donor. She and her partner had chosen a donor who was white. They were given vials from a donor who is black. Among the complaints detailed in the suit,… Read More