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...

A familiar story, changed by grace

7/16/2021

As is often the case, I have been asked to write a newsletter article scheduled to be published many weeks from when I need to submit the article.  It used to be easier to do this sort of thing.  In...

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...

Creating a harmonious stewardship team

5/12/2021

June is African-American Music Month. Originally created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month is set aside as a time for us to remember the musical influences of African-Americans. Despite its 40 years of existence, this month of focus...

Living with gratitude, hope and grace

4/15/2021

As a parent of young children during the pandemic, feelings of inadequacy are common. Regardless of the words of encouragement from supervisors, and family and friends, it is easy to sense that we are falling short. To note, I have...

The Stewardship Journey – May 2021 Lectionary Preview

4/13/2021

How and where did your stewardship journey begin? Throughout the years, I have listened with awe and reverence as church members have shared stories of grandmothers who made sure dimes and quarters were ready to be placed in church offering...

The Right Tool for Stewardship

3/22/2021

I enjoy putting things together. I enjoy seeing pieces spread all over the floor, and from the magic of instructions and use of tools, seeing them become the picture on the box. Since we've moved into our home in the...

Don’t Worry About the Stone – Lectionary Preview

3/15/2021

Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 Mark 16:1-8 Life is filled with stones: stone of injustice, stone of inequality, stone of prejudice, stone of violence, stone of partisanship, stone of poverty … stone, stone, stone! Everywhere we look there seems to...