Gratitude, even when we’re weary

10/15/2021

Here just a few weeks before Thanksgiving most of us find ourselves in the middle of Stewardship season. While most of these campaigns aren’t exactly what we pictured a few months ago, I imagine that the theme of gratitude is...

Lectionary Preview for November: Being people of abundance!

10/11/2021

For churches that do a traditional stewardship campaign, the month November could fall at the beginning, middle, or end of that campaign. Wherever it falls for your church, this is a great month to focus on the theme of abundance....

Models for ministry in the gospels

9/17/2021

For many congregations, the fall of 2021 continues to be a time of uncertainty and stress.  Across the country, pastors, leaders, and members are working through the challenges of re-opening and returning to something like a traditional rhythm of life...

Stewardship: Story by Story

9/14/2021

Back in 2019, I was recovering from several traumatic losses. My best friend died suddenly on her way home from a church mission trip. I fell on a work trip and fractured my elbow. Around the same time, my family...

Taking care of the donor, and the gift

8/23/2021

Care above all else. As a current member of the sandwich generation, I find myself in the middle of taking care of aging parents while still being responsible for my almost grown children. Bouncing between the generations has proven to...

September lectionary preview: Stages toward discipleship

8/26/2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021 lectionary preview on Mark 8:27-38 This familiar story of Peter’s confession of Christ can be read as a journey toward discipleship in four stages: repetition, confession, correction, discipleship. Repetition On their way to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus...

Creating a Future – August 2021 Lectionary Preview

7/19/2021

Think of all the images. "We must no longer be children . . . but speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ." (Ephesians 4:15-15) "The whole body...

Homecoming, and Coming Home

6/17/2021

This lectionary preview is available for use by pastors for July 4. In Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary, the majority of the gospel passages come from Mark, particularly during this season after Pentecost. It is helpful to remember...

Life Together Again

6/15/2021

While the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend isn’t a liturgical holiday, in terms of logistics, it can feel just as significant to those responsible—pastors, parents, children’s and youth ministers, etc.—for negotiating the competing demands of sacred and profane time. Under...

Spirit-Timed Disclosure: Who Jesus Is and Who We Are – June 2021 Lectionary Previews

5/14/2021

The Gospel lections for June 2021 are from the Gospel according to Mark. In the characteristic form of the book of Mark, Jesus Christ traveled from place to place, an itinerant preacher/healer who breathlessly encountered young and old, healthy and...