A Maker’s Advent, Week 1: Being Ready

Enter: Settle in to your quiet space with several deep, slow breaths. Light a candle, if you wish. Breathe in: Strengthen my heartBreathe out: I stand before You Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I have made to the house of Israel and the house … Continue reading A Maker’s Advent, Week 1: Being Ready

Advent in July: Love

Proper 13 texts at http://www.textweek.com. Hosea 11:1-11          Psalm 107:1-9, 43          Colossians 3:1-11          Luke 12:13-21 This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?      Luke 12:20 This is a love story. This is a story about … Continue reading Advent in July: Love

Advent in July: Joy

Proper 12 texts at http://www.textweek.com Hosea 1:2-10          Psalm 85          Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)          Luke 11:1-13 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.     Luke 11:10 Jesus’ disciples knew their Teacher was “different” (feel free to … Continue reading Advent in July: Joy

Advent in July: Hope

When I was growing up in church and learning about missions in Girls in Action, my favorite time of year was Christmas (it still is!)—but my second favorite was “Christmas in July,” when our G.A. leaders would set up a Charlie-Brownish little Christmas tree, decorated in red and green baubles, in our church-basement classroom. In … Continue reading Advent in July: Hope

Epiphany 4: So Much for the Good News.

Epiphany 4 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jer. 1:4-10          Psalm 71:1-6          1 Cor. 13:1-13          Luke 4:21-30 I assure you that no prophet is welcome in the prophet's hometown. (Luke 4:24, CEB) Jesus spoke aloud the prophecies of Isaiah to the gathered congregation, and at his … Continue reading Epiphany 4: So Much for the Good News.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Offering

Loving God,We are so often distractedby our fears and frustrations,by our losses and lacks,by our angers and anxieties,by the things that offend usand by our need to be on the defensive--we are so distracted,we forgetthat in all thingsin all thingswe are to give You thanks.Still, we knowthat we cannot even begin to worship Youwithout proclaiming … Continue reading A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Offering

Advent Day 21: The Return

Today's readings: Micah 5:1-5 and Luke 1:47-55Then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord... and they shall live secure... (Micah 5:3b-4)He has shown strength with his arm... he has filled the hungry with good things... (Luke 1:51a, … Continue reading Advent Day 21: The Return