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Monthly Archives: August 2008

We can never forget.

Sorry for the provocative, slightly inappropriate title.  Couldn’t resist. “Women who behave rarely make history” was something Laurel Ulrich said.  I can’t imagine why, but several people have given me gifts with that very slogan printed on them . . . .  Anyway, this was the phrase that kept coming to mind as I studied the lectionary text from Exodus last week and began preparing the sermon.  The text was the lead-up… Read More

One week until school starts. Children about to kill each other or get killed by their mother. Cries of “I’m BOOOOOOOORED” echoing through the house. Time for the Olympics. At our house this week that meant spending a whole morning in an assigned wing of the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery; choosing a piece of art; researching said art and artist; creating a report that followed an assigned rubric; making an oral presentation to… Read More

Here are a few more thoughts on the subject, which I started blogging about in July. Just busy doing my job, I ask . . . “Do you have a church at which you worship regularly?” She answers: “No. I haven’t been to worship regularly in almost two years.” I say, “Oh, are you looking for a church?,” thinking to myself: possible new member??!? She says: “I’m still recovering and I’m not… Read More

“Be with us, Lord God of Moses and Jesus, when new kings arise and our comfortable Egypts collapse, come apart, unravel, become opportunities to discover in new ways who we are and where our true home waits.  Be patient with us when we confuse bondage with security and enjoy slavery to what is less.  Make us brave when the darkness comes and grant us the courage to search for the more that… Read More

Yesterday was my fifth official anniversary as pastor at Calvary.  The staff and congregation surprised me during worship and gave me a beautiful stole.  Really, I mean, sending me out of Church Council meeting to discuss something “private” was actually kind of a tip off, but usually I am the one planning things in worship.  Worship is my favorite experience of all at church, so their words and this beautiful stole left… Read More

Sunday saw another artistic expression of the story on Calvary’s altar.  Caroline Armijo created a bag filled with rice . . . and a mint julep cup to illustrate Joseph’s emotional reunion with his brothers in Egypt.

Today in worship we told the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.  Joseph was the favored child, and he tormented his brothers by telling them all about dreams he’d had–dreams that he was lording it over them.  For our biblical characters, injustice met with violence and the family dysfunction continued . . . but we had another amazing art piece on our altar, created by Caroline Armijo.  Caroline described… Read More

With all these artsy people around me lately I’ve been feeling rather inspired.  Or, maybe it’s just that I am desperate to get some art up on the walls in our house as I think “we just moved in” is getting to be a lamer and lamer excuse for white walls the further we get from when we actually moved in (February . . . ). I saw a project like this… Read More

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the… Read More