Texts for the First Sunday After Epiphany (Jan. 10): the Baptism of Jesus. Genesis 1:1-5Psalm 29Acts 19:1-7Mark 1:4-11 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.The voice of the … Continue reading Whose Voice Do We Hear?
One Little Word
Proper 17 texts at http://www.textweek.com Jeremiah 2:4-13 Proverbs 25:6-7 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” Heb. 13:6b, and Psalm 118:6 Some of the littlest … Continue reading One Little Word
The Comfort of Memory
Proper 8 texts on http://www.textweek.com 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 Gal. 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty … Continue reading The Comfort of Memory
Lent 5: Something Old, Something New: The Harvest
Lent 5 texts at http://www.textweek.com Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Phil. 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Then our mouth was filled with contempt, and our tongue with shouts of outrage; then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.' NOT … Continue reading Lent 5: Something Old, Something New: The Harvest
Singing Lent: “Love Lifted Me!”
I didn’t realize until just recently that I am missing something that many people seem to have… at least, the people I’ve been around my whole life, church folks. It’s strange, actually, that I didn’t notice it sooner; I’ve always been aware that most people didn’t move around as much as my family always did … Continue reading Singing Lent: “Love Lifted Me!”
Epiphany 2: “Guess How Much?”
Epiphany 2 texts at http://www.textweek.com Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 1 Cor. 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 They feast on the bounty of your house; you let them drink from your river of pure joy.(Psalm 36:8, CEB) "Guess How Much I Love You?" saith the Lord. … Continue reading Epiphany 2: “Guess How Much?”
Where is the Holy in Holy Week?
Psalm 31:9-16I was raised on the soundtrack of Easter. The churches I grew up in didn't "do" Lent. We didn't "do" Holy Week. But we "did" Easter, and we did it big: big choirs, big sermons, big altar calls, and big hymns that celebrated the nail-studded cross and the empty tomb with equal enthusiasm. You … Continue reading Where is the Holy in Holy Week?
Advent Day 4: Shameless
Today's reading: Psalm 25:1-10O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame... (v. 2a)How very easy it is for me to feel ashamed.And then---to be ashamed that I'm ashamed.How easily I become obsessed with watching the ways of those around me: They are well-prepared for this journey (I can't … Continue reading Advent Day 4: Shameless
Prayers for a Whole Life : Day 23
a prayer of praise(selections from Psalm 19)The heavens are telling the glory of God;and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise … Continue reading Prayers for a Whole Life : Day 23
Prayers for a Whole Life : Day 16
a prayer of praise(mostly) taken from Psalm 22You who fear the Lord, praise him!All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! We will tell of your name to our families; in the midst of the assembly we will praise … Continue reading Prayers for a Whole Life : Day 16