Woeful Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, again! Mondays and Tuesdays I am usually fine, but come Wednesday afternoon, I am often in a funk. This confused me for quite a few weeks. After all, Wednesdays are the days that I see people face to face! I spend some time at the community Food Bank that is housed in my congregation,…

Cracking Open

Like many others, I’m a first time vegetable gardener this year. Covid-19 and the enforced isolation at home, along with concerns about local food security, has many of us venturing into the new world of vegetable gardening. I planted a variety of veggies last Friday, including radishes. Each morning, I eagerly searched for signs of…

Images of Jesus

Yes, it’s the strangest Easter… except maybe the first one. As a minister, the church and Holy Week are usually filled with so many details… choirs rehearsing… visual arts creation… worship being set up and torn down and set up… how will communion be served… how long should I preach… baking for a family feast……

Love One Another

Imagine Paul writing to us… To all God’s beloved in Dartmouth, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. These are challenging times you are living in. Your everyday routines and rhythms have been disrupted in a way that is almost unimaginable. You may be…

Wednesday

Wednesday was hard, God. Adrenaline rush of getting new systems up and running gone, body, mind and spirit depleted. Wednesday was hard God. Food bank clients waiting outside instead of warm inside with coffee and conversation buzzing. Wednesday was hard, God. Offering pastoral care with six feet of cold winter air between us. Wednesday was…

Weaving a Community

One of my colleagues commented last week that she has a completely different position now and she stayed with the same congregation! There is some truth to that, some of the skills ministers need are different, and we need to be conscious of those in our faith communities and beyond who do not have access…

No Touching!

This week has been quite a roller coaster hasn’t it? We are in uncharted territory. Many are anxious, some have already been laid off… businesses closed… gatherings of all sorts cancelled… schools shuttered… the list can go on and on. By some reports, it’s been hard for some people to change their routines and stay…

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…