palm sunday 2015

One of the many blessings of being a part of a Disciples of Christ congregation is the freedom to veer from the Lectionary when needed. The Sunday before Easter offers two options: Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday. One may choose to focus on the celebration of Palm Sunday and hope that the congregants will return…

worship pieces for lent 5b

So many rich images and worship possibilities in this week’s lectionary readings! In John 12:20-33 the image of a grain of wheat falling into the earth to die has such vibrant energy. And even though I grew up in the great agricultural regions of southern Illinois, I can’t imagine wheat fields without thinking of Van…

planning ahead and yet still playing catch-up: lent year b

Sensing that energy levels and time commitments would limit any creativity the season of Lent might hold, our congregation’s worship chair and I signed up for a Lenten Reboot Your Worship online workshop hosted by Marcia McFee. Within days of the workshop beginning, I had second thoughts. Rather than be more energized, I felt even further behind!…

worship pieces for lent 2a

The gospel reading for Lent 2a is the fascinating story of Nicodemus visiting Jesus at night, one of my favorites. I used a couple of paintings for my practice of visio divina.  I‘m struck by the quiet intimacy of both images. They easily draw the viewer in, as one imagines a late night conversation, earnestly continuing…