Are We Willing?

A Sunday Reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent.The lectionary readings for today are here. On this second Sunday in Lent, I’m drawn back to the invitation to Lent we read on Ash Wednesday: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;Continue reading “Are We Willing?”

War Prayers and Baby Voices

A reflection for Ash Wednesday. This past Sunday, after serving communion and before we wrapped up our worship time, Fr. David prayed a prayer for a time of war. Our parish, as do so many I’m sure, has a personal connection to Ukraine with one of our folks having hosted an exchange student from UkraineContinue reading “War Prayers and Baby Voices”

Words

In last week’s post, I spoke of remembering the beginnings of this blog because of where I was. This week I’m remembering because of another succession of violence. Not shootings or actual physical violence but verbal violence and the threat of physical violence. In a news broadcast late last week, there were two stories: oneContinue reading “Words”

A Different View

A sermon preached on Christmas Day at St. Francis by the Lake in Canyon Lake, TX. The lectionary readings are here. As you listened to the gospel reading just now, did you find it odd that it wasn’t about the manger scenes we typically associate with Christmas Day? Where are Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, andContinue reading “A Different View”

Thank You

This year, I put off buying Halloween candy until the day before Halloween and when I went into the grocery store, there was not a single piece of Halloween themed candy to be found. The workers were putting christmas* candy and items on the shelves that just the day before had held Halloween paraphernalia. IContinue reading “Thank You”

Always Learning

I fret sometimes after one of my posts goes live about saying the wrong thing or if some might consider my words to be controversial or offensive. And then I am reminded by God’s gentle voice of the reason for this desire, the need, to share words with others. What started as a way toContinue reading “Always Learning”

What do you want me to do?

A Sunday reflection*.The readings for the twenty second Sunday after Pentecost are here. I’d like to start off this reflection with a short explanation: I know that not everyone who may be reading this is part of a congregation that uses the Revised Common Lectionary and there are some who do but don’t know thatContinue reading “What do you want me to do?”