Monthly Archives: March 2016

A serenity prayer

March 19, 2016 … many thanks to many meetings God, grant me the serenity to accept the consequences of having prodigals in my life – watching the waste of health and money, energy expended for so little, relationships lost forever, … Continue reading

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Lift Up the Gates

March 18, 2016 (Luke 15:11-32 and Luke 19:36, and remembering that no palms are mentioned in Luke) They went up to Jerusalem for Passover that year, a larger family, if not a healed one — the younger child still tangled in … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday and Easter Doxologies

Rev. John Danner, Pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in Sanibel, Florida writes every week a new Doxology for his congregation to sing. The meaning of “doxology” is words of praise and so there are new words … Continue reading

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A year later, elder sibling

March 16, 2016 This is the one I have dreaded to write — for in all my envisioning of this parable I’ve never imagined the elder sibling walking away. (Perhaps you’ve noticed.) I know I need to face that resolution … Continue reading

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March 15 – My thirty-fifth “ides” of ordination

On what authority do you, an only child, whose longtime partner is an only child write all this Lent long about the relationship between siblings — their love and hate, anger, play, and loss, responsibilities shirked and shared, intricate connections … Continue reading

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Easter pews

March 12, 2016   Are we ready for the Easter prodigals, the church runaways sitting right next to the righteous – potluck, mission trip, prayer shawl siblings, the deaconopledgers? After all, we have wasted money, energy and discernment on hospitality … Continue reading

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Mary’s favorite parable

March 12, 2016 It was Mary’s favorite parable. She was always a dreamer, never a prodigal – living large and loose out there on the edge of things. Even Martha made wild and crazy new recipes, and she got right … Continue reading

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Yellow tape. Do not cross

March 11, 2016 Pause, preachers, do not tell this parable without thinking about this verse. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am … Continue reading

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Two guest posts from Aotearoa/ New Zealand for “Good” Friday

Two very different writers, connected by their home country are writing about the Friday on which we recall the resurrection. Beverley Osborn, of Stewart Island writes “Easter Friday” Today it’s Easter Friday. There are those who call it Black Friday, … Continue reading

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I want another story

March 9, 2016 I want another story … And the world has moved on from my grief, from the birth or the marriage, from the divorce, the empty nest, the move to assisted living. They’ve sent flowers or notes helped … Continue reading

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