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 Vacation Bible School

It is Vacation Bible School week in our house which means there is a ton more screen time than usual as we share in learning about the light of the world. It’s a curricula entirely created by the staff and volunteers at our sweet Texas church and I’m reminded again how amazing it is to witness what can be accomplished in these strange times where we choose not to gather for worship.

Pandemic Prayers for Pentecost

At the end of the last week, I sat on a picnic blanket in my backyard with my two babies reading the Ascension from their new Sparkhouse Story Bible. (I discovered that Sparkhouse is offering… More

Ready, Willing and Able for Peace

We were told that there would be booms. It was one of the first things that we were told about our new home. We’ll hear the booms, they said. Booms that shouldn’t frighten us or cause alarm, but are simply the noises of the military base thirty miles away. It was just something they hadContinue reading “Ready, Willing and Able for Peace”

Worship with Fire

This is a tough week. The words from the Revised Common Lectionary that will inspire our worship this Sunday are hard. It is hard not to feel like a finger is being pointed directly at you. It’s hard not to feel judged. It’s difficult to feel like there is any bit of grace, but thereContinue reading “Worship with Fire”

That Peace Might be Possible on Super Tuesday

I don’t consider myself to be especially patriotic. I don’t even consider myself to be all that political but I am certainly not patriotic. I am reminded of this each and every time I put my hand over my heart and rise to sing the National Anthem. I see it in the service women andContinue reading “That Peace Might be Possible on Super Tuesday”

Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide

Just recently, Time Magazine published an article entitled Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide With Stories. I love stories thought as I eagerly clicked on the article. Because I want — more than anything — to figure out how to bridge this divide. For so many years, I’ve been a pacifist. That fact hasn’t changed. I’m still aContinue reading “Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide”