Category Archives: Dev: Church Calendar

Good Friday: Mercy Me

Standing up from her pew, in the midst of a crowded sanctuary, she asked for mercy. To be sure, this was not a church service, though certainly we expected to hear the Word of God made real. We were gathered to hear Anne Lamott, one of my all-time favorite writers, who is currently on tour… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: People of Easter

This prayer bead devotion – featured in our monthly e-newsletter – focuses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Specifically, it asks us to consider how to take Easter personally and communally. What does it mean that Christ died for us and was resurrected? Use your prayer beads to consider this Mystery. Cross: Dear Lord, Invitatory… Continue Reading

Lent: The Pilgrim’s Journey Begins

I had planned to write this post today, but in the hours before I could sit down to write, I learned of the very tragic death of a friend. Granted, I hadn’t seen this friend in person in about ten years, but Facebook allowed us to stay in touch as I viewed his photos and… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: What Gifts Can I Bring?

It is Epiphany, the day we remember the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the “epiphany” or revelation of God’s presence on earth. On Christmas we heard the good news proclaimed by the angels that Christ was born. With the shepherds, we visited Mary and Joseph in the stable to see this miracle. We… Continue Reading

A Lenten Practice: Learning to Be Beloved

Last Tuesday I sat down to my journal to determine my Lenten discipline. After reviewing previous journal entries I knew I wanted to focus on health and wellness. This was not about losing weight or giving up chocolate, though both would probably be good for me. I was looking at it in broader terms, thinking… Continue Reading

Abba, Give Me a Word for 2015

For the past two years, my friend Christine has talked on Facebook about finding a word for the year. Instead of setting new year’s resolutions, she chooses a word. The word sets the intention for her year and helps her to focus. She got the idea from Abbey of the Arts. This year, she chose… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Four

I intended to post this yesterday, but the day turned out to have a mind of its own. A metal cabinet with a saw – that’s right, a SAW – attached to it fell on top of my son, Matthew, yesterday, leading us to spend the afternoon at an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, he is… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Three

My goodness! Is your Advent season becoming as busy as mine? It is Wednesday and I am just now posting the Litany for week three. My apologies! But this is certainly the nature of the season for so many of us. All the more reason to be still! With last week’s Litany we experienced the… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Two

Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk about how people greet each other at this time of year. There is Team “Happy Holidays” and Team “Merry Christmas.” Unfortunately, no one seems to be on Team “Advent Blessings.” This is partly because it just doesn’t have a catchy (or commercial) ring… Continue Reading