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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Zoom

This prayer marks the transition from online back to in-person worship. You are welcome to adapt to your context. A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Zoom Holy God, we give you thanks that we can worship you together in-person in the church building as of next Sunday! At the same time, we mark this last service […]

Virtual Worship, One Year Later

March 1, 2020 was the last time my family attended worship in person. The congregation I pastor held in-person worship on March 8, but since I was keynoting a camp retreat that weekend, we weren’t there; March 15 was our first virtual service. Because of the specificities of our area, the congregation, and our building, […]

Video Chat Life

I let my breath out slowly through my teeth as my baby kept screaming. I took out my phone and sent a friend a video chat of me, bags under my eyes, hair a mess, holding a tearful, grumpy baby at my desk. I didn’t speak, just gave her a meaningful look. She sent a […]

Book Review: Blessed Union

It is the season of love. The stores are filled with candy hearts, blossoms are starting to appear on trees (at least here in Texas!), and marriage is on the minds of many. Into this landscape bursts the Rev. Sarah Griffith Lund’s new book, Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness and Marriage, published […]

I’m Not Throwing away My Shot

“Do you have kids?” the paramedic administering my vaccine asked. “Yes. Two barrels of energy. They are 3 and 1.” “A pastor and a mom? Wow.” She said, smiling. “I want to tell you something important. You’ll be scheduling a 2nd dose on the way out, and I want you to do something for me. […]

Worthy of Love

The Rev. Kerri Clark shared the following message with her congregation and on her blog in the final days of 2020. We want to share her wisdom and encouragement. As 2021 begins, we’re already being inundated with messages about new year’s resolutions, weight loss, and diet plans. Our holiday feasting is labeled as an indulgence, […]

You Have to Put the Baby down Somewhere

“You have to put the baby down somewhere” A Sermon for Port Royal Baptist Church Christmas Morning 2016; Year A Luke 2; Titus 2:11-14 Hiking, working in the field all day, mowing the lawn, weeding the garden: Humans are able to do a surprising number of things while holding babies. Washing hands, cooking, drawing up […]