The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12

Suspend your Disbelief In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. In our gospel lesson today, Jesus tells one short story after another about the Kingdom of God … or in other words, he gives many examples of what the reign of God is like: the uncorrupt world without our free choice […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11


Let Those Thistles Alone St. Augustine is often misquoted, it turns out. Folks are fond of saying he’s the one who coined the phrase: “he who sings, prays twice.” Could be that faulty interpretation sounds like good news to all of us who regularly attend our Saturday evening contemplative service, seeing as we forgo that […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8


“The Promise of Welcome” Air, like a dried bone, parches in the glare of a paralytic sun gripped in a stare. Heat spins its spirals and swerves— the desert is flat, but the sky curves: everything moves yet nothing stirs. Space glistens to a dot in gold; silence shimmers in sandy grooves: everything moves yet […]

Holy Trinity, Year A

COMMUNITY OF THE TRINITY In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Oh! I love it that in this season after Pentecost we begin our readings from the Old Testament (otherwise known as Hebrew Scriptures). This morning we have the story of creation, which, ironically, takes me back to remember some of […]

The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord Our Strength and Our Redeemer. Amen. This weekend we have a baptism of Isaac at the 10:45am service, and it is Memorial Day. We want to recognize those veterans and folks who fought or died […]

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A


A Good Goodbye Prayer: In the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. This gospel is an extremely powerful passage that can cause confusion and also have a lot of meaning. The author of John uses honest questions and dialogue to emphasize spiritual longing, hope for life after death, and endurance here and […]

Easter 4, Year A

The Reluctant Sheep “Shepherd us, O God, Beyond our wants, Beyond our fears, From death—into life. Amen” Some of you have heard me speak of a young boy named Kal’El. When he was three years old, he began coming to spend a couple of mornings a week with me. We were exploring the world—including through […]

Easter, Year A

JESUS: THE VULNERABLE NAME FOR GOD In the Name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are a number of adages and old sayings about making a first impression: * You never get a second chance to make a first impression. * First impressions are the most lasting. People tend to be most […]

Good Friday, Year A

GOD ON THE EDGE In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. Coming to know God and eternal life includes getting acquainted with death. Coming to know the story of Jesus includes getting acquainted with the knowledge that there is nothing he has not suffered. Our first acquaintance with death usually comes […]

Palm Sunday, Year A

THE SHOCK OF CHRISTIANITY In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. When you were a child, did you hear the story of Noah and the Ark? Weren’t you relieved when you heard the part about God setting a rainbow in the sky, promising that God would never go to such an […]