Christmas Eve Service

Here is the order of worship for our Christmas Eve service this year.  This is basically a “Lessons and Carols” service–though not with all of the traditional readings. We will be using a variety of translations for the scripture readings, because sometimes you just need to hear King James English. (And sometimes you don’t.) Christmas…

The Gifts of Ministry

The “Friday Five” over at Rev. Gal Blog Pals today is to share the top 5 perks/gifts of ministry. “Perks” and “gifts” seem like quite distinct categories. The “perks” would be my flexible schedule, my travel and continuing ed allowance, my housing tax break, the ability to do a lot of my work from home,…

Blessing the Children

My sermon text this past Sunday was the gospel reading from the Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12, a.k.a. The Beatitudes. As I read and studied this passage last week, Jesus’ familiar words struck me in a new way. Where previously I had read judgement for all of the ways I fall short–of poverty of spirit, of meekness,…

Wednesday Worship Pieces

Writing words for liturgy is one of the joys of my life.  I often write (or heavily adapt) calls to worship, prayers, even the occasional hymn, for the Sunday morning worship services at Peace Mennonite.  It’s partly that I love to write them, and partly that I’m pretty picky and often can’t find the perfect…