What do you want for Lent?

Hello, friends. I’m dreaming about what Spacious Faith might provide for you all in the coming season of Lent. What would nourish your spirit and support your ministry? I’d love to have your input as I plan for the coming weeks. Thanks! Thanks so much for dreaming with me! Feel free to share additional thoughts…

Calendar Prayers

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! My intention for 2023 is to share posts on Spacious Faith at least twice a week. (Giving grace in weeks that involve vacation, illness, or as-yet-undetermined crises.) Wednesdays I will post words for worship, which may or may not be helpful for you in your particular context. But I…

Looking Toward the New Year

Happy *almost* new year, everyone! I was able to attend a great end-of-year reflection workshop last night from Eileen Campbell-Reed at 3-Minute Ministry Mentor. One of the exercises we did was to list “10 Things I Did that Mattered in 2022.” It turns out I did some stuff. Like adopting a rule of life and…

Blessed Epiphany

My best-laid plans for posting in Advent were thwarted by a nasty sinus infection. But I’m healthy again and starting the new year with a resolution to publish something new on the blog at least once a week. Star Words I handed out “star words” during worship yesterday. These are words that can serve as…

Advent Inspirations

Happy New Year, everyone! (Or maybe I should say “Happy Liturgical New Year!”) This Advent season I plan to share some inspirations with you–things I have written and pieces from other people. Look for a little something new on the blog most days–an attempt to help keep us centered on Christ in the midst of…

Morning Prayer (New and Improved!)

O.K. folks. I finally got tired of changing all the pronouns as we went through our morning prayer service every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So I’m putting together new morning prayer liturgies. (Which may sound like a lot of work, but mostly I just plagiarize the Bible.) You can find the liturgies on my new…

How Should We Live?

Isaiah 9:1-4   When the Advent worship planning team looked ahead to January, we were drawn to images of light. And this passage from Isaiah caught our eye: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Oh. We…

Morning Prayer: Reflection & Invitation

Last week I attended a Collegeville writing workshop on the campus of St. John’s College in Minnesota. I found myself praying with the monks most mornings—not because I’m particularly holy, but because I kept waking up before six and our sessions didn’t start until nine. The benedictine sisters in Atchison, KS, are quick to welcome…

A Prayer for Palm Sunday

God of the cross, tottering down the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey, You are not the savior we expect. Your power doesn’t look like the power we want our God to have. Your wisdom makes no sense to us. We are happy to join the crowd, waving branches, But not so sure we want…