An Army of Deborahs

Two years ago I had the privilege to join a group of Morgantown, WV area women on a bus trip to Washington DC for the first Women's March. I went, not really knowing what to expect. I knew the numbers of those intending to come were exceeding the initial estimation. I knew that there was... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Call To Worship: L: In the beginning, God's Spirit swept over the waters and spoke into existence all that is. P: Move over the deep voids of our hearts, O God, and speak life into us. L: Through the terrifying waters of the Red Sea, Moses lead your people. P: Our hearts tremble in the presence of your might, O God, but we will follow. L: From the water of the womb you brought forth your Son for the Salvation of the world. P: We stand in awe of your mystery, O God, and praise you for your mercy and unfailing love. L: Over the... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Epiphany 2019

Call To Worship The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come. All the nations will see you shine. Even in the darkness of this world, you will shine. Even in the darkness of people's hearts and minds, you will shine. We will arise,... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Harlots

Zanah. Maybe that word doesn't mean much of anything to you, and why should it? It's Hebrew. It's old. And if you are anything like me, you don't really have much of a reason to look up old Hebrew words. But as I sat down to do my Bible study for today, I found myself... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

READER ONE:The prophet Isaiah said: 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.    On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.3 You have made the nation great;    you have increased its joy.They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest,    as those who divide plunder rejoice.4 As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week 4

Advent Candle Lighting READER ONE:The prophet Micah said:2 As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,    though you are the least significant of Judah’s forces,        one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you.    His origin is from remote times, from ancient days.3 Therefore, he will give them up        until the time when she who... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week 3

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: The prophet Isaiah spoke these words of wisdom and hope to us: 2 God is indeed my salvation;     I will trust and won’t be afraid. Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my shield;     he has become my salvation.” 3 You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation.... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week Two

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: These are the words of the prophet Malachi: Look, I am sending my messenger who will clear the path before me; suddenly the Lord whom you are seeking will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you take delight is coming, says the Lord of heavenly forces.... Continue Reading →

Liturgy: Advent 2018, Week One

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: Reader One: The prophet Jeremiah spoke these words to us: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David's line, who will do what is... Continue Reading →

Knit Together in Love

I’m sharing a beautiful story from a beautiful woman I met only once. But thanks to the world of social media, I have been able to follow her ministry and she mine. This is a part of her story I’m hearing for the first time, but it touches my soul deeply. Thank you, Hannah, for sharing!

The knit rainbow stole lay warm and heavy across my black clergy robe as I stood in the pulpit of my aunt’s Presbyterian church in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  I looked out into the congregation from the pulpit, and down into the eyes of my young cousins, nieces, and nephews.  I told them that the rainbow stole my aunt had knit was – at the same time – both the heaviest and the lightest weight that had ever been placed upon my shoulders.

Days earlier, I was in the air somewhere between Houston and Philadelphia when my aunt passed away. Rushing to be at her side, I had gotten there too late. I landed in the arms of her son, my cousin Jeff, who took me from the airport back to her house. Now, he and I, the two ordained pastors of the family, shared the pulpit and this…

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