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……

Palms and Promises

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. In the church, the services of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday are full of drama and movement. We all know that this is not a normal year isn’t it? So what’s a worship leader to do when all her plans for…

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…

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.…

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…

You Are Loved and You Matter

On my way in to the church on Thursday I listened to an interview with Mitch Albom, the man who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s the 20th anniversary of the book. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, Tuesdays with Morrie is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one…