Breaking Silence

Second Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 62:1-5 “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” [1] With these words, Audre Lorde began her...

Baptism by Spirit And Fire

The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 We are still in the season of Epiphany, where we look for signs of Christ being made visible to us through our baptism, the breaking of bread, water, and word that claims us as God’s own and reminds us of who...

Arise! Shine!

Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over...

God With Us

First Sunday After Christmas Day John 1:1-14 While I was in Nashville over the past week, I was talking with my nephew and the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” came up. The church that my sister and her family go isn’t one that really follows the church calendar...

Life is Advent(ure)

Fourth Sunday of Advent Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:39-45 One of the things we do during the Advent season is train ourselves to look for and pay attention to the surprising and unexpected ways that God appears to us. We have to pay careful attention because there are so many...

A Very Fine Gift

Third Sunday of Advent Zephaniah 3:14-20 Luke 3:7-18 One of the signature hallmarks of the Advent season is that it is a time of celebration and joy. We sing joy-filled songs with enthusiasm, adulation, and praise. And by the way, if you missed last Sunday’s choir...