The Word of God is living and active. The words we read in church have power. Dead Poets Society can be instructive for all who read the Bible in Christian worship.
Looking Ahead to Sunday's readings and the Good News of God I will strive to speak that day, I am wrestling with how we understand the relationship between of God's mission and the church's mission. Stewardship themes also come through strong, especially in the Gospel. Appointed readings: Isaiah 5:1–7Psalm 80:7–15Philippians 3:4b–14Matthew 21:33–46 (full text ofContinue reading “Looking Ahead: the Church as tenant in God’s mission field”
We are formed in life and faith through repeated action. This is especially true for children. How can we offer a consistent, patterned, and participatory environment for children in worship?
I noticed that in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the worship book of my church, there are no specific prayers for Memorial Day or the occasion of remembering those who died in service to our country. There are prayers for the armed forces and for our nation's leaders and other related topics, but nothing that quited seemedContinue reading “A Prayer for Memorial Day”
A Christian Century blogpost by Karoline Lewis (Against Passion Sunday) has inspired a few posts among blogs I read, and a wonderful conversation on my Facebook profile. In her piece, Dr. Lewis recalls her childhood experience of worshiping on Palm Sunday. "It was celebratory, festive, when as child I got a chance for a hands-onContinue reading “Palm Sunday has Enough Passion of Its Own”