Pandemic Fireside Prayers for Christmas

There are other things that might be done on Christmas Eve. I have a few options in my kitchen for your pandemic planning. This might not be that. It could be. You know your people best and what might work to best share this good news but I imagined this service for the days afterContinue reading “Pandemic Fireside Prayers for Christmas”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 27

This wonderful gospel story always hits right after stewardship season has ended. Or so it always seemed to me so that it became something important but not quite at the heart of this good news. Pledges still needed to come in. Plans were being made for the next year. I’ve heard sermons about this textContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 27”

Pandemic Lighting of the Advent Wreath

There are some readings that can be handed out to the families of your church without explanation. They know to read the script and light the candles. This is not that. This Advent is not that. We have learned to do worship differently in the past two years. Our traditions have shifted and we haveContinue reading “Pandemic Lighting of the Advent Wreath”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 25

A blind beggar started to shout and they silenced him. They ordered him to be quiet. I don’t know why that is jumping out at me right now. Is it that I have been silenced so many times as a woman? Or is it that I haven’t felt that I have spoken enough? I haven’tContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 25”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 24

I remember the last time this passage from Job popped up in the Revised Common Lectionary. I remember thinking that the whirlwind was how I felt then. I wish I didn’t still feel that now. Still, I went looking for that prayer. You can find the original here paired with another bit from the GospelContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 24”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 23

For only the second time in this pandemic, I recorded a sermon to be shared in worship. I wrote a sermon and preached it sitting at my dining room table. I sent the children away so that they wouldn’t distract me or the worshipping congregation — and I have some feelings about this especially onContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 23”

Pandemic Prayers for Another World Communion Sunday

The world doesn’t feel like it did last year when I offered pandemic prayers for what I had thought would be the one and only pandemic World Communion Sunday in my lifetime. It feels different now. This is the song that has been at the center of my prayers with each and every headline. TheContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Another World Communion Sunday”

Pandemic Prayers for the Rest of September

I have recently joined the team at Woodlake Publishing to help edit and create the upcoming resources of Seasons of the Spirit’s FUSION curriculum. I get to work with amazing people and bounce ideas all over the place and contemplate what good news means right now. It’s super fun for a church nerd like me.Continue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Rest of September”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 18B

I confess to you that I can’t touch this Jesus who a woman has to remind of who he’s supposed to be. I appreciate what it says about the humanity of our Christ but that’s not who I need him to be right now. I need Christ to be the savior of the world whenContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 18B”