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”

Pandemic Palm Sunday Psalms and Prayers

Though I have linked many times to the wonders of the Living Psalms Project cultivated and nurtured by my own United Church of Christ, I was humbled and thrilled to offer my own words to this wonderful collaboration. It was also really exciting to have the one and only Maren Tirabassi edit my words. I’veContinue reading “Pandemic Palm Sunday Psalms and Prayers”

Pandemic Prayers for Easter Sunday

Since it all began in Ukraine, I have been thinking about this poster. I’ve been thinking about it as my husband works longer hours trying to bring peace to the world. I’ve been thinking about it as I try to figure out how to share these new stressors and worries to my young girls. DoContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Easter Sunday”