Filling Our Jar (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the Third Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was John 4:5-42. On account of the COVID-19 outbreak, we did not hold regular worship today. Instead, we filmed a version of worship with just a musician, an assisting minister, and me, and shared it via … Continue reading Filling Our Jar (Sermon)

After the Storm

This morning I left my house, not knowing where I was going. All I knew was this: I was going to head north on a particular state highway, at least at first. I was probably going to drive all day. This was the first day of a several-day trip. One of the goals of this … Continue reading After the Storm

The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

Fifty

Fifty percent is one-half. And this glass is half-full. Can't you tell? There is so much to look forward to. So much hope in the world. Why, every day there's a new scientific advancement. The Opportunity Rover just died on Mars, after fourteen years on what was supposed to be a three-month mission. (A three-hour tour, mayhaps?) … Continue reading Fifty

Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers

This is one of a series of posts I’m writing this week about a retreat I attended at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY on March 3-5, 2017. The theme of the retreat was “Living Hidden in Christ with God,” a reference to Colossians 3:1-4. I can’t talk about it all in a single blog post, because there … Continue reading Hidden with Christ #6: The Leftovers

Darkwater

This is a semi-fictional account of two events: a spiritual quest I went on in Schuylkill County yesterday, and a session with my spiritual director this morning. There's no need to try to discern how much of it is "true." In a way, it all is.   I walk the streets of this town, looking for … Continue reading Darkwater