Pandemic Prayers for Proper 8B

I love the healing stories in the Gospel of Mark. There are two in this pericope and the first part is my very favorite. It seems all the more poignant this year when we are reaching for possibility and trying to be faithful to hope and love. We are reaching with our hands outstretched forContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 8B”

Last Minute Pandemic Prayers for Proper 7B

Though I am struggling to find a new normal, our world continues to turn. It has been announced that there is hope that the EU will open to American tourists leaving me to wonder if this is good news. Is this over? Can we go back to normal? Or does normal mean that we chooseContinue reading “Last Minute Pandemic Prayers for Proper 7B”

Pandemic Prayers for Proper 6B

We have been in Germany a whole week. In fact, it has been a week and a day now. I’m still not sleeping well as my tiny children adjust their bodies to a time zone a whole ocean away. These prayers reflect a bit of my exhaustion and the curious wonder of hearing familiar wordsContinue reading “Pandemic Prayers for Proper 6B”

Pandemic Pentecost Affirmations

I read this morning that there are more churches closing in the wake of the pandemic. I have seen the reports about attendance and listened to how hard it is to wait in that Zoom room for anyone to join the room. The church will be forever changed by this pandemic. We will be foreverContinue reading “Pandemic Pentecost Affirmations”

Pentecost in Coronatide

Packed among the things that are headed to Germany this week are my two brilliant rainbow kites that whirled down the center aisle of one of the churches I served on Pentecost. It wasn’t the first Pentecost that I had referenced the notion of kites in worship. There was a passing reference in a prayerContinue reading “Pentecost in Coronatide”

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

What Does This Mean?

Then “there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind.” Other translations describe it as a mighty wind. Or that it was a gale force. Not a calm, peaceful breeze. This wind is powerful. It’s violent so that I can only imagine wanting to call for Auntie Em. Of course, it’s not aContinue reading “What Does This Mean?”

Liturgical Lights for Sunday May 24, 2015

It’s Pentecost! For this special day, in which we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Narrative Lectionary has not one — but two readings — including Acts 2:1-4 and Romans 8:18-38. What a day! These two passages came together in a sermon I preached back in 2013. It’s this sermon that shapes these prayers. You’ll alsoContinue reading “Liturgical Lights for Sunday May 24, 2015”