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”

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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”

Prayers for my People: Get up and go…

Sometimes God comes to us in dramatic fashion A sudden light from heaven Guiding our misdirected passions  Speechless. Blind. Reoriented. A complete transformation of miraculous proportion Get up and go Sometimes God comes to us in a vision Yes, Lord? Inviting us to join in the work Fearful. Uncertain. Called. Filled with the Holy SpiritContinue reading “Prayers for my People: Get up and go…”

Prayers for my People: Were not our hearts burning within us?

At times, we try to make sense of everything that has happened We had hoped… We talk with each other as we journey  And we wonder… We don’t always recognize the divine presence with us Were not our hearts burning within? We hear, we know, we recount the story We had hoped… We are disappointed,Continue reading “Prayers for my People: Were not our hearts burning within us?”