Starry Christmas Morning Worship

Christmas morning falls on a Sunday this year. Just a few hours after the good news of Christ’s birth is shared at the late, late service on Saturday night, a few of the faithful will gather again to share in the old, old story on Sunday morning. I shared another complete service for Christmas thatContinue reading “Starry Christmas Morning Worship”

Candlelighting in the Shadows of Advent

Advent begins with one candle flickering in the shadows. It is then that we start to pay attention. It is when that match strikes that we start to notice the fullness of the shadows. It is not just dark or there would not be shadows. The light never disappeared. It was always there for weContinue reading “Candlelighting in the Shadows of Advent”

Small Spiritual Direction Groups

I’m sharing this post from my spiritual direction practice because most of the prayer I’ve written appear here and so this might be of interest to you. It’s what I’m imagining next and I would love to share in this experiment with you. Liturgy is the work of the people. It is supposed to beContinue reading “Small Spiritual Direction Groups”

Lovely Dwelling

As summer fades, our churches are preparing for the same rush that school teachers are imagining with great anticipation and joy. There are lots of events and details for which pastors and teachers are eagerly planning. You, dear pastor, are starting to get excited for what might feel like the first ‘normal’ year of programmingContinue reading “Lovely Dwelling”

Post-Pandemic Home Blessing

My home church called it Homecoming Sunday. I never thought anything of it because the same verbiage was used in my first call too but I’ve heard that other places call it Rally Day or Kick Off Sunday. Maybe there are other names. I’ve been thinking a lot about home lately. We have been inContinue reading “Post-Pandemic Home Blessing”

Prayers for the Incomprehensible Ascension 

A dear friend asked what it’s like to be here in Germany now. Another assumed that the news cycle most familiar would be the one that surrounds my physical place but it’s not true.  We might live in Germany worlds away from our homeland but we have our own little American island in our apartment.Continue reading “Prayers for the Incomprehensible Ascension “

Adventures in Paris with Toddlers

Though it seems like ages ago now, there may be others getting ready to pack their bags for a summer adventures in the City of Love. And so, I’m delighted to share our six-day trip to Paris. We took the train from our home in Germany to Paris which was a trams, trains and automobilesContinue reading “Adventures in Paris with Toddlers”

Adventures in Vienna with Toddlers at Easter

When I learned that Vienna has some of the most beautiful Easter markets in Europe, there was no question in my mind that that was where we would go for Easter weekend. It was incredibly strange for this pastor’s heart to spend these great three days being a tourist even if it was a littleContinue reading “Adventures in Vienna with Toddlers at Easter”

Prayers in Church on Mother’s Day

As a motherless daughter, I have some strong feelings about one of the celebrations that comes again this Sunday. I have not been quiet about it either and people have been less than kind about this particular opinion. People in my own family have been more unkind than people in the pews, if you canContinue reading “Prayers in Church on Mother’s Day”

Maundy Thursday Still in Coronatide

This season has not yet ended though mandates are changing. There are enough voices that is saying it’s over even when another wave lurks. Here in Germany, it’s already here and it’s so hard to know what will come. There is a war being fought a few thousand miles from where I sit which makesContinue reading “Maundy Thursday Still in Coronatide”