Easter 6a Reflection

worship pieces for easter 6a

“…From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we…

Pizza, beer and text messaging as communion

deep dish pizza & beer communion

  A year ago today we lost my brother Gary at the age of 59 to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was the middle one of my three older brothers–a man of great love, a wickedly delightful sense of humor, and deep abiding faith. Having lived most of his life in the greater suburban Chicago area, he was…

Valley of Dry Bones

worship pieces for lent 5a

Confronted by a valley of dry bones and a demanding God, Ezekiel responds with resignation, “O Lord God, you know.” I suppose he could be speaking with annoyance or frustration, perhaps even bewilderment. But somehow I hear those words uttered with a long, heavy sigh. Bringing life to a bleached out sea of bones–the venture seems monumental. Ezekiel knows he is not up to the task. He’s not even sure if he has enough hope in his old bones to imagine life coming out of such despair.

Psalm 23

worship pieces for lent 4a

“For humans see with the eyes and the LORD sees with the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b, translation from The David Story: a Translation with Commentary, by Robert Alter) While my preaching will focus on the 1 Samuel text and its delightful folklore story of the stealth anointing of David by Samuel, for the writing of this…