Christmas Eve Service

I’ve just posted the Christmas Eve liturgy we’ll be using at Peace Mennonite this year. It’s basically scriptures and hymns–like we do every year. But I’ve been absorbing inspiration from lots of my pastor-blogger friends and wanted to do something a little bit different. So thanks to Marci Glass for suggesting the song “Better Day”…

What not to Say: #1 & #2

As I talk with different people about how to include sexual minorities in the church, there are certain words and phrases that get repeated. And many of them are not helpful.  You probably won’t be surprised to know that I have a pretty long list of things we need to quit saying to each other.…

Creative Prayer Practice: Scripture Repetition

Happy Monday, everyone!  This afternoon I am headed to Atlanta for the Festival of Homiletics, which means that I won’t be posting much this week–except for the pre-scheduled worship piece on Wednesday.  But I should come back with lots of things to share. So stay tuned! This week’s prayer practice is a simple repetition of…

The Index is Done!

I just finished indexing the worship-related material on the blog.  If you are looking for something related to a certain scripture, occasion, or topic, just look on the index page.  At least I will be able to find my own stuff now, and maybe it will be helpful for you as well. Have a blessed…

An Open Letter to Those who would Leave the Mennonite Church because I’m still a Mennonite Pastor

To summarize many stressful months as succinctly as possible: I officiated a same-sex wedding; the Leadership Commission of Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) found my ordination credentials in order; some people are not happy about this. So, to those who are deeply troubled by my action and by the Commission’s decision: I understand that…