How to Use Art in Worship

I was an art major in college. It’s not a muscle I get to flex much these days if you don’t count the amazing crayon art I do with my kids. I’m kidding. I draw stick figures, just like you. But because I was an art major and art was formative to my younger years,Continue reading “How to Use Art in Worship”

Pandemic Prayers for the Whole Season of Lent

Near the beginning of the pandemic, I started sharing weekly prayers without worrying about asking for credit or payment. It has been a prayer for you, dear pastor. It has been an act of love and something small I could do to support the many ways that you have been innovating throughout this pandemic. WhenContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Whole Season of Lent”

Another Lent in Coronatide

Lent begins again in a few short weeks. Those few green Sundays between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday always seem to go by so quickly. There are eight whole weeks this year where it might be possible to relish in this in-between time but it still feels so fast when everything else feels rushed. And itContinue reading “Another Lent in Coronatide”

Pandemic Prayers for Palm Sunday

I have been so lucky to write prayers in this season that I know have been a blessing. Some of you have kindly commented and encouraged me. Some have messaged me and thanked me personally. Others have commissioned me to curate prayers for their congregation through a series of their own design. (If you areContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Palm Sunday”

Pandemic Prayers for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

We began the new year with Jeremiah. It was the same chapter even though it was a few verses earlier. There was still the invitation to remember and hold onto what might be coming. We are still in that space so many weeks later as Lent begins to turn into Holy Week. Likewise, we heardContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Fifth Sunday of Lent”

Pandemic Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

I’m thinking about my own prayer life a lot right now. I’m wondering about how I’m caring for the tender part of my soul that needs to grieve and sing and wonder — and it’s hard. It’s hard to find that space in this long season for parents whether we have children learning online orContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent”

Pandemic Prayers for the Third Sunday of Lent

I am trying to spend some time working on Holy Week things this week but I will confess I don’t think that I have ever preached on the Ten Commandments but opted to skip over it. It never felt like there was more to say about these words etched in stone. In these pandemic days,Continue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Third Sunday of Lent”

Pandemic Prayers for the Second Sunday of Lent

I really relate to Abraham falling on his face. I don’t think that has anything to do with the pandemic but the simple fact that I’m always tripping over myself. I am my own worst critic. I am endlessly hard on myself for things that I have said and done. I always believe I canContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for the Second Sunday of Lent”

Recipe for Resurrection Awe Strolls

Here in Texas there has been a terrible freeze. There was snow and it left a good chunk of the state without power including most everyone in my sweet Texas church back in Central Texas. We did have snow over here in West Texas and it actually stuck around for a day or two butContinue reading “Recipe for Resurrection Awe Strolls”

Recipe for Zoom Prayer and Pretzel Making

I want there to be lots of fun options for connection and community in Lent. I have been brainstorming ideas and wondering what is possible while we are still online. I want there to be silliness in this season that is usually so somber. We can do that another year. We can revive that traditionContinue reading “Recipe for Zoom Prayer and Pretzel Making”