Finding a Word, Listening to the Text

Believe it or not, the scriptures for today were chosen weeks ago! And yet, they speak so loudly and clearly to our present circumstances. Listen again to words from Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though…

Listen to Your Breath

On Thursday evening, a couple of members of the transition team and I were at an event hosted by St. John’s United Church in Halifax. They opened the evening in the same way as they open worship, with three deep breaths. I think they were a centering breath, a grounding breath and a releasing breath.…

Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

I really struggled with my sermon this week… I can’t tell you how many times I imagined myself sitting in the pew and wondering what I would need to hear. And wondering what you needed to hear. And wondering if what I need to preach is what you need to hear? Please know that every…

Friday Five – Wind!

Today’s Friday Five at RevGalBlogPals features five experiences of wind that offered an opportunity to pause and take in the wonder and power of it. I love Friday Five questions as they wind up making me think about things that I may not have. Waves crashing over the road in a hurricane. The wind in…

When You Suck at Something New!

I was a good student, I loved school and I flourished in the classrooms of the sixties and seventies. I was also athletic, loving sports and activities and they came easily to me. I still like to learn and regularly try something new, something that takes me out of my comfort zone. Last summer I…

Brave Followers

When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with stories of missionaries! I wanted to be one… specifically in Africa, unfortunately in all of the stories I read, it was the men who were missionaries and their wives were teachers or nurses. And I did not want to be a teacher or a nurse……

Beloved and Brave

Many of you may know this poem: Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry…

Bravely Following the Star…

What would we do if we were brave? That question, raised by Rev Deborah Blood, the Executive Minister for the United Church of Christ in Maine, at the Annual Regional Meeting last year, has echoed in my head for months. Many of our churches live in fear: fear of the future, fear of not having…

Folded in Prayer

Today I printed and folded 200 bulletins for a funeral on Saturday. Our office administrator only works Monday and Tuesday, so occasionally it winds up being my responsibility. Frankly, there are times when I get quite annoyed at having to do something like this, but not today. Today I decided to pray for Frances’ family…

Advent 2019

For the first time, I managed to keep my advent photo-a-day almost every day. I missed one day when a combination of things kept me from even thinking about it. As an avid, if fair weather, photographer, I love these practices during the major church seasons.  I was following this one from #ReThinkChurch.    …