The Epiphany of Christ – January 6, 2017

The Epiphany of Our Christ – January 6, 2017 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 For many people, Christmas is now a past memory. We are back in ordinary time and the quotidian we’ve returned to seems so ordinary, busy, and challenging. We are tempted to fall back into old ways, succumb [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – First Sunday after Christmas- January 1, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 1, 2017 – The First Sunday of Christmas Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Luke 2:13-23 A new year is upon us. After the revels of the holidays, with extra services and visits, and imaging for the year ahead, I’m taking this Sunday off, leaving it in the capable hands [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Christmas Eve and Day

The Adventurous Lectionary – Christmas Eve and Day , December 24/25, 2016 Isaiah 9:2-7 Luke 2:1-12 John 1:1-14 Christmas Eve is a challenge for preachers. And, this year, so is Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is perhaps the best-attended worship service in the Christian year. Family members and visitors who don’t normally attend church show up [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016 Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 This week I am focusing on Joseph’s Christ-saving dream. While we need not neglect Isaiah’s imaginative vision of a child whose birth will change everything, the Psalmist’s hymn to divine restoration, or Paul’s [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Healing the World – Third Sunday in Advent – December 11. 2016 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55 James 5:7-10 Matthew 2:1-11 Advent is a time for hopeful transformation. Creation and humankind lean toward wholeness; creation groans and so do we. We imagine a new age – an age of Shalom – despite [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – The Adventurous Lectionary

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 4, 2016 – The Second Sunday in Advent Isaiah 10:1-11 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Today, we explore radical transformation, guided by God, but brought about by ourselves. I think global history argues against a divine rescue operation. The meek seldom inherit the earth. The wealthy seldom give [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 22, Romans 3:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 Let us walk in the light of God, so says the prophet Isaiah. With darkness descending in the Northern hemisphere and fears of darkness politically and globally, these words are good counsel. The dark night [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Reign of Christ Sunday – November 20, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 20, 2016 – The Reign of Christ Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1;11-20, Luke 23:33-43 In many congregations, Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday. Pentecost, beginning with the coming of God’s Spirit in its fullness on the Feast of Pentecost, will conclude [Read More…]

An Election Day Prayer

God all of peoples, we give thanks to you on this Election Day. We thank you for the United States of America, for those who sacrificed their lives and fortunes for our freedoms, for bravery in the quest for human rights, for immigrants who built our nation, and first Americans who welcomed pilgrims from a [Read More…]

A Meditation for Election Eve

An Election Eve Meditation It would be an understatement to admit that many of us are feeling anxious tonight. We have lived through months of the most contentious presidential election in recent history. We have witnessed bullying, allegations of sexual assault, racist statements, violence at political rallies, and accusations of improper handling of classified information. [Read More…]