Call to Worship: from Psalm 71

In God we take refuge. God hears us and saves us. God is our rock and our fortress. God is our hope. And so we come, seeking God’s peace. We come, offering God praise. We gather together in worship. The intent is that the worship leader reads the plain text, the congregation reads the bold,…

Thoughts on Jeremiah 1:4-10

When we meet Jeremiah he is young—scholars think probably about 19. He is from a priestly family and, as far as we know, was living a fairly comfortable life. Then God shows up and says to Jeremiah: “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be…

A Reflection on Hope

In February of 2013, when my dad went into the hospital, I was overwhelmed by the intense, unbearable hope that my dad be made well. At first, this was hope for a diagnosis. I thought that if we could just name his disease, they could make Dad better. I was wrong. When I got what…

Book Review: We Pray With Her

We Pray with Her is a collection of 100 reflections and almost 50 prayers written by United Methodist clergy women under 40. Each entry is brief, which makes it nice for either daily devotional reading or an occasional dip. Here are some of the things I love most about this book: The writers consistently use…

Some Timely Links

For this week: I love this week’s Lectionary readings from 1 Samuel and wanted to share links to a couple of things I’ve written about Hannah: Some thoughts on Hannah’s prayer: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 (with a link to a full sermon) Reflections on Hannah’s song: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 I’m less fond of  this week’s Gospel…

We Gather Together: A Prayer in the Wake of Violence

Holy One, Giver of life, Healer of our hearts, Healer of this world, We gather together in grief over the eleven people who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and over the pain and loss their families and communities are suffering; grief over the lies and hatred that seem rampant in our country…

Call to Worship: Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; We will bless our God at all times. I will praise the Holy One with my voice. Let us exalt God’s name together. We are seeking, And God will answer us. We cry out for help, And God will deliver us. God will deliver us from our fears. God…