Divine Intervention

We read about God’s action in the past through scripture.  We experience God’s presence with us now through the Holy Spirit, and we live in hope of Jesus’ coming again. But these familiar truths can become lost in the comfort and routine of our ordinary days.  The people of God in the first century, those whoContinue reading “Divine Intervention”

Advent Hope

Sometimes, familiarity is reassuring. Like traditions, familiar stories and routines can make us feel safe and secure. It’s why little kids like reading the same book over and over and over again. It’s predictable. They know what to expect and what will happen. It’s soothing and satisfying. But, sometimes, familiarity can be boring; repetition canContinue reading “Advent Hope”

Ordinary Time

We find ourselves in the last stretch of ordinary time.  Soon we are moving into Advent: the coming. A season of preparation; a time of anticipation. In advent we mirror the ancient wait for the birth of the Savior, but we also join with all of creation in waiting for the second coming of ChristContinue reading “Ordinary Time”

For Everything A Season

I was invited to preach at Orrville Mennonite Church on Sunday, November 14, 2021. This is part of the message I shared, reflecting on the practice of re-membering: putting back together the stories of our lives in faith.  There are many things that the experience of a global pandemic has revealed. For me, one suchContinue reading “For Everything A Season”

Prayers for my People

This litany was written for worship at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 13 as part of worship series focused on the different postures we take before God. We give our praise to the Lord Hallelujah! Amen! We rejoice in the ever-loving kindness of our God God has forgiven our sins Lift your hands inContinue reading “Prayers for my People”

Prayers for my People

This litany was written for worship at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 6 as part of worship series focused on the different postures we take before God. We join with the great multitude Those from every tongue, tribe and nation We gather around the throne And worship the Lamb of God We join ourContinue reading “Prayers for my People”

Prayers for my People

This litany was written for worship at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Sunday, May 30 as part of worship series focused on the different postures we take before God. Some like to test Jesus… Is it lawful? Why then…? What must I do? Jesus calls us to follow If you want to enter life, obey theContinue reading “Prayers for my People”

Prayers for my People

This litany was written for worship at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Sunday, May 23 as part of worship series focused on the different postures we take before God. We are servants of the gospel by the gift of God’s grace We share the good news of the boundless riches of Christ We serve and shareContinue reading “Prayers for my People”

Prayers for my People

This litany was written for worship at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Sunday, May 16 as part of worship series focused on the different postures we take before God.  We gather at our own “tent of meeting” Longing for a blessing from our God We bring our confessions Forgive us, O Lord. We gather in needContinue reading “Prayers for my People”

Ordinary Friday? (a poem for Good Friday)

Was it an ordinary Friday for some? Chores and meal prep? Betime stories and prayers? A typical Passover Maybe someone birthing a baby Some burying and grieving their dead Did they know? Were they caught up with the crush And rush of what’s happening to Jesus? What about those on the edges? In the country?Continue reading “Ordinary Friday? (a poem for Good Friday)”