Category Archives: churchstuff

Prayer

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been talking about prayer with two different Bible study groups. Here, in this post, I’m going to share what I taught and learned. I admit, all of what I share here has already been posted on my parish’s blog. But I’m sharing it here as well: We start with …

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summertime

so i have to admit that it is june, much to my shock. i look at calendars and remind myself that it is not april. or may. it’s june, which means that summer fun has begun! here are some highlights: – green grass and pretty flowers and impressive thunderstorms. oh, how i love tulips and …

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lent 2014

over the last couple weeks, i’ve been super busy. who knew how much time and energy goes into prepping for lent while trying to memorize lines for a play and attending workshops/retreats/meetings? pretty sure it ain’t easy but it sure was fun… [and stressful] i was part of the local community play as an annoying …

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guilt

one of the biggest challenges i face daily is my constant sense of guilt. i feel guilty: when i don’t visit “enough” people, when i’m too sick to be “productive”, when i get consumed with other activities and forget to call, when i find a note a week too late that someone is sick or …

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Advent reflections

i find myself always living in the tension between advent season of the church year and the crazy christmas celebrating going on already in our world. what i find most difficult is that advent is all about the anticipation of the coming of Christ but not quite the celebration yet. we are prepping for the …

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manic sunday

today was a manic day. but in a good way. i started off by waking up around 6 am. if you know me, then you know that i am NOT a morning person. i have a love/hate relationship with sundays because of this. love worship, hate early mornings. and as a pastor, early mornings on …

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kyrie eleison

kyrie eleison = Lord, have mercy A prayer for your suffering children, O Lord: In the wake of so much pain, turmoil, confusion, violence, anguish, torment, sorrow Lord, have mercy Be with us as we seek to understand how so much can go wrong in our world Lord, have mercy Be with those who suffer, …

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changes are a comin

over the last few weeks, some major changes have either taken place or are in the process of changing. and change is scary. there is no way to get around the fact that people are uncomfortable with change: uncertainty, fear of the unknown, inability to remain optimistic, unwilling to┬áto adjust and adapt, etc. whatever the …

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Another Thursday

thursday is office day in mcville. by this i mean that i sit for at least a couple hours at my desk on my computer. i may or may not be doing profound theological work: sermon prep, bible reading, writing, etc. i may or may not have hulu up and running. i may or may …

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the last month was CRAZY

i’m sitting here on august 16th, thinking back to what i was doing on july 16th. i was packing. it seems like i have done a lot of packing since july 16. that day, i was packing in anticipation for the trip south to new orleans for the elca national youth gathering. i checked and …

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