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We All Need a Little Help

A Sermon for Maundy Thursday “What can we do to help you?’I remember that question so vividlyIt came from the mouth of the bishop of the Lutheran Church in Nigeria. … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sidewalk Flowers: Ways to say “I love you.”

Reflections for Lent – Day 6 Yesterday at church, parishioners shared with me their favorite cures to sinus infections and colds (yes, I’m sick … still). They asked a whole … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment


The texts for Sunday, September 11, 2016 are:  Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; and Luke 15:1-10 “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

What kind of love?

The texts for Sunday, May 3, 2015: Acts 8:26–40; Psalm 22:25–31; 1 John 4:7–21; and John 15:1–8 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Remain with me

A reflection for Good Friday.  The Gospel:  John 18:1 – 19:42 (sung) Stay with me Remain here with me Watch and pray Watch and pray … These words, which come … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speaking Love

The texts for Sunday, September 7th, 2014:  Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; and Matthew 18:15-20 . “So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beloved child, get up.

Text for this reflection (in an Advent series entitled “Revive”): Mark 5:21–43 “Talitha cum,” Little Girl, get up. This text is not one that we normally hear this time of … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Failing” Lent: Day 10/11

I think I’m actually on Day 12 of Lent at this point (and as I finish this, day 13). I have fallen behind in my reflections. I kind of figured … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

“Failing” at Lent: Day 3

Today was my first “fast” day.  It had been a long time since I had fasted last—mostly, I stopped when I started having food issues (I developed an intolerance to … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

The water and the fire

The texts for Sunday January 13,2013: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Vulnerability of Incarnation

The text for this reflection/sermon for the first Wednesday service in Advent (December 5, 2012):  Luke 22: 14-19 One of the things that may become obvious, or maybe not, looking … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Religion of the Heart

The texts for Sunday, September 2, 2012 (Lectionary 22): Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9; Psalm 15; James 1:17–27; and Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 “So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 2 Comments


The texts, moved from Sunday, July 1, 2012 to Sunday, June 24, 2012: Lamentations 3:22–33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15; and Mark 5:21–43 “Your faith has made you well.” ?? … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Love, Jesus (the Christ)

The texts for Sunday, May 13, 2012: Acts 10:44–48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1–6; and John 15:9–17 …Dear Church, That seems so formal. I wish I could list you all … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nicene Creed: Mind Words

Texts: 1 Kings 3:3-15, Mark 12:29-30, The Nicene Creed Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nicene Creed: Soul Words

Texts: Psalm 42, Mark 12:29-30, The Nicene Creed Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. My soul thirsts for God, for the … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nicene Creed: Heart Words

A sermon/reflection from Wednesday, March 7th, 2012.  Texts: John 12:37-43, Mark 12:28-34, The Nicene Creed Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

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