Brush your teeth…

Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. No, you can’t wear polka dots with stripes. Yes you have to go to school. Yes you have to do your homework. No, you can’t eat another chocolate chip cookie. Yes, you are coming to church. When you think about the list of things that comes out of aContinue reading “Brush your teeth…”

Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting andContinue reading “Where you are planted…”

It’s bigger than that…

The second reading for this coming Sunday comes from Romans chapter 6 verse 11, “so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” When Pastor Paul says this he is addressing a question asked of him, basically saying “does it matter how I live?” We already know theContinue reading “It’s bigger than that…”

A New Year… A New Song

So this is Christmas, And what have you done. Another year over, And a new one just begun. A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Without any fear. John Lennon, “so this is Christmas.” No offense to Lennon fans, but this is really not one of my favorite songs, not least because weContinue reading “A New Year… A New Song”

Tears for Christmas-Meditation for Holy Innocents Sunday

Two days after Christmas, I heard from one of my old friends that they had lost someone close to them that very day. When someone’s grief is so raw and poignant, there really isn’t anything you can say. They just want to feel, to fight and to scream no, this shouldn’t be how it is!Continue reading “Tears for Christmas-Meditation for Holy Innocents Sunday”

Peace on Earth

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, IContinue reading “Peace on Earth”

Christmas is Defiance

Driving through my neighborhood late last night on my way home from the church office, I took the long way home through my neighborhood and slowly drove by all of the brightly lit homes. It was a nice drive, looking at the different ways people have lit up their homes. There were a few thatContinue reading “Christmas is Defiance”

There and back again…

On December 17th of this year a childhood dream of mine is going to be realized. I have waited years upon years for this day and its almost here. What is this important day? You don’t know? It is the day that the final installment of the Hobbit movie franchise opens in theaters! When IContinue reading “There and back again…”

Start at the End

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Reading that passage from today’s Epistle lessons makes me want to say that traditional call and response we say every Easter, “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!” Say it with me, “Christ is Risen.Continue reading “Start at the End”

Rachel Weeping on Christmas

“A voice was heard in Ramah,     weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;     she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 This is one of the Christmas stories that is rarely told. This was the fulfillment of the prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah, somewhere between 600 years before the ChristContinue reading “Rachel Weeping on Christmas”