Tag Archives: politics

I Don’t Love a Parade

I’m not a big fan of parades. I associate them with being hot and crowded and uncomfortable. Each summer my mother would take us to the Fourth of July parade in her hometown of Oswego, NY. It was a big … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jeans, a Bridge, and a Choice

When I was in ninth grade, designer jeans were newly popular. Everyone I knew had at least one pair, or at least that’s what I thought. Those jeans were also quite pricey at $80.00 or more a pair. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Jump In

I am haunted by a recurring dream I had as a teen. The dream started out innocuous enough. I stood with a group of friends talking about nothing in particular, maybe planning what we do for the weekend. Then a … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Pastoral Prayer of Confession

I’ve struggled to find appropriate words for this week. So I offer the following prayer. If you are looking for sermon help, try here. Patient and steadfast God, how is it that you continue to love us so completely? So … Continue reading

Posted in liturgy, Prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

After the Journey

Sometimes it’s what you do after the journey that matters. We spent four weeks preparing ourselves for Bethlehem. Four weeks to make a journey that we take every year. We see the sights – Mary nine months pregnant plodding along, … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Brings Risks

We aren’t particularly good at Christmas in the church. We have dressed it up with pageants, carols, and candlelight. We preach peace and possibilities and encourage people to linger for a moment at the manger and renew their acquaintance with … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defining Love

I didn’t grow up knowing that I was loved. Affection and love were not often demonstrated in my family. I grew up thinking that you were lovable if you were good, perfect even. The idea that God loved me even … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments