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.    …

Walking In God’s Path

I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last week, the movie about Mr. Rogers life. It’s a beautiful story about a beautiful human being, I remember watching it Mr. Rogers with my son. I don’t think I realized how much we must have watched it until the closing song, which I knew…

Advent Offering Hymn

Hope in our faith so filled with awe. Hope in the promise of our God. Hope for these gifts we offer here. Use them and us throughout the year. Peace is our hope for all the earth, Peace in the promise of new birth. Peace for those both far and near. Peace now and all…

Advent Word – Focus

I parked further away from the front door today than I usually do. I didn’t arrive until late morning and so there were other cars already parked. Tonight, when I was getting in my car to go home shortly after 5 pm, I noticed the shadow the wreath in the window was making on the…

Advent Word – Watch

I love that I live close enough to my grandchildren to watch them grow up. This is Lucy, my youngest, I took her shopping a Christmas concert dress tonight. 7 stores, 23 dresses and came home empty-handed. I forgot I should have taken her a month ago.

Advent Word – Journey

It’s only the second day of Advent and already I have failed at my photography practice! Yesterday’s word was journey; not all journeys are physical, although the one I took to Victoria to visit my friend Liz was. Her journey with ALS took her to places that she hadn’t anticipated. She touched so many lives…

Actively Waiting for Peace

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… Those words, from the prophet Isaiah, are the very first words that I spoke as a worship leader, about 25 years ago. It was Christmas Eve, and the confirmation class…

Friday Five – Shifting Gears

1) What kind of car are you driving, and does it shift for you, or do you shift manually? I drive a red Kia Soul! I shift manually… partly because I am a control freak… partly because my commute takes me into a different weather system, and one of my churches is on a twisty road,…

How Do We Live Hope?

  Serving… walking… performed… casting… burned… prayed… realized… going… filled… turn… follow… prepare… telling… wondered… came out… making signs… give… went back… avoided… have lived… go out… gave birth… shared… able… shouted… spread… wondered… became… restored… sang. Anyone have an idea of what all those words had in common? They are all verbs! Action words!…