Hagar in the wilderness

worship pieces for proper 7a

Ordinary Time in the church year offers preachers two options, either the semi-continuous readings that provide a more sequential cycle or the complementary readings which tend to be related thematically to the gospel readings. So the predicament I find myself in is of my own doing. I could have chosen Matthew 10:24-39 or Jeremiah 20:7-13 as the…

(photo from 1984 yearbook)

prayer for a class reunion

A few days ago classmates from my 1984 high school graduation class came together to celebrate our 30th class reunion. Here is the prayer I wrote for the occasion. Welcoming God, whose abiding love sustains our world, with glad hearts we gather here in celebration of our shared histories. In deep gratitude that stretches back through the…

Choirstall woodcarving of the Pentecost

worship pieces for pentecost a

The dove descending breaks the air With flame of incandescent terror –T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding, Four Quartets Eliot has war, history and faith on his mind in these few lines from one of my favorite poems, Little Gidding. I took his words a bit out of context this week, thinking about the descent of…

Oxford 2012

worship pieces for ascension a

Recently I joined a Facebook group for art journal folks. The group at this time has over 13,000 members and people post images of their art journaling. It’s a great place to see a wide spectrum of techniques and perspectives. It’s fascinating to see people around the globe bringing pieces of their world to life on the…