Dust to Dust

Today, Christians around the world receive the mark of ashes as a sign of repentance and a reminder of our humanity. That our lives are finite. That all of us will die. Ash Wednesday is the threshold into Lent. We remember that death will come, but that is just the beginning… Lent is a seasonContinue reading “Dust to Dust”

Holiday Season Blessing

May you honor the unexpected gifts of delight, even when they are born of grief. May you savor the joy and goodness of the now, even as the season change looms. May all that you bring to this day from seasons past enliven this one. May all that you choose to carry on from todayContinue reading “Holiday Season Blessing”

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”

Blessed be the Holders

I wrote this poem just weeks into the quarantine and isolation forced by the global pandemic. Now as we move into the stages of “languishing” and “pandemic senioritis” the need for these words of recognition and blessing remain. Oh to be a child again To have lap to crawl into when the world overwhelms ToContinue reading “Blessed be the Holders”