Friday, December 31, 2010
However, for those of us who are around and preaching tomorrow, the party is here as usual. Just consider it an extension of whatever party plans you had last night, or if you didn't have any may this be a fun alternative!
How are you celebrating? With Christmas 2? With the texts for Epiphany? Are any going back to pick up the Holy Innocents from last week? There were such good ideas at the party last week that it was tempting for some of us to do so. I understand there are many of us with communion celebrations and at least two of us with baptisms. I love starting the new year with the celebration of sacraments that draw us together in grace and purpose.
Join us in the comments today and share it if you've got it. My mom always makes pork roast and sauerkraut, so I'll borrow some from her to share with any who want it. Any other traditional New Year's dishes on the stove? May God bless your preparation and preaching!
I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, but it does seem a good time for some reflection and planning. For the last few days I keep thinking of Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Among other things, that seems to say that reflection is in order if we want to learn and grow.
For some of us, this has been an incredibly difficult year; for others it has been a year of many joys. For all of us, there have been challenges and questions and there have been blessings and--maybe even an answer or two! As we say our goodbyes to 2010 and look towards 2011, share with us five blessings from 2010 along with five hopes or dreams for 2011.
It's fun to visit old blogging buddies and maybe make some new ones as well. To make visiting your blog easier, post a link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation in the comment box: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
My pastor made it clear to me also that it was acceptable to be divorced once, but if that happened with my second marriage that I should not bother asking to enter seminary, that no church accepts and calls a woman twice divorced. Just out of curiosity, what are some experiences women have had about that subject. Not that my husband and I are divorcing, just something about the way this was addressed kind of seemed weird to me. Why would that call into question the discernment process?
Thank you for being such an open, accepting and loving group of women and for taking on so many questions. I love reading the answers and wish there were a book of this wisdom available.
Terri offers the following:
Let me take a moment for a deep breath. Ok. I am fairly certain that if this were an interview for a corporate job this line of questioning would be illegal. At the very least they are profoundly inappropriate questions, even for the church. I can’t imagine them asking a man “how he could forsake his vocation to fatherhood for seminary.”
Terri blogging at seekingauthenticvoice
And Muthah+ replies:
Ohhhh, darn! I had hoped that that kind of stuff didn't go on any more. All I can tell you is that whoever is in charge of your candidacy committee should be told that that questions of that ilk are WAY out of line. Talk to a woman pastor in your diocese, synod or conference and ask her to say something to those in charge. It would not be permitted in the secular world and those questions should not be allowed in our lives either. It is patriarchal and demeaning.
Muthah+ blogging at stone of witness
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
At Seeking Authentic Voice, Terri ponders the anniversary of her ordination and the Marks of Ministry.
That night I stood on the chancel steps of the church where my family and I had worship for ten years. The same steps I stood on when the Bishop confirmed me into the Episcopal Church in the fall of 1990. The same church where my son was baptized. The same church where, after sixteen years away from formal Christian worship and faith, I found my way home. A church filled with memories, some of which I reflected upon when I preached there on Oct. 31, 2010.
Like this year it was cold and snowy. The church was decorated in all the grandeur of Christmas celebrations. I wore a burgundy skirt and pink clergy blouse - the color of deaconate ministry and of the Holy Spirit is red.
In the Episcopal Church one of the markers of ordination is the collar. The white band deacons, priests, and bishops, wear around our necks to identify us as ordained. Recently my bishop wrote a letter to all the clergy instructing us to always wear appropriate clergy attire (ie collar) whenever we attend formal church events - to wear the mark of our ministry in public as a witness to the world.
The collar is held in place by collar stays - like cuff-links but intended for neck wear(see link for "collar," above). I had a difficult time figuring out which way to put the collar stay in - it has a flat head and a clasp or a pin like head. One goes through the hole in the shirt and through the hole in the collar, the other end rests against the neck. I remember thinking that the collar stay felt tight and pushed against my throat. The next morning I had a small bruise from the pressure of that stay. A bruise that is, in some ways symbolic of ministry - one does not go through ordained life without a few bruises. But also because I put the stay on backwards a reminder every time I put the collar on that I am imperfect and will make mistakes.
The service that night opened with this declaration of ministry, said by the Bishop to me (and all those being ordained to deaconal ministry, whether vocational or transitional):
As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God's Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.
It is understood that even as one may go on to be ordained as a priest or consecrated a Bishop one carries within this first call to diaconal ministry. We are always deacons, called to serve.
Later, after the scripture and sermon, the Bishop calls upon the Holy Spirit, and ordains the person. After that sacred moment of laying on of hands the Bishop offers this prayer:
Make her, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let her life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through her many may come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ's service, and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
Before ordination I worked in several "careers" - including being a stay-at-home mom. Each line of work I've done has enriched my life and taught me much about leadership, life, and people. But in the eleven years of ordained ministry I have experienced a profound sense of what it means to be "called." Some people are called to ministry and work that does not include ordination - profound in its own way. But for me it is clear that I am called to ordained ministry, to wear this funny looking collar, to have a few bruises now and then, to be informed and formed by Holy Scripture, to teach the way of faith, to break open the word and preach, to Preside at the Eucharist, to pronounce God's blessing, consecrate bread and wine, to offer absolution to the broken and remorseful, and to be a sign of God's love - the hands and heart of Christ in the world.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Happy New Year (almost)!
Monday, December 27, 2010
For this book discussion, let's share what books we received or gave for Christmas, and why we're excited about them. Use the comments to tell your stories, or link to your own blogs. And if you have a new book you think would be suited to RevGalBookPals, please let us know!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Growing in wisdom
Teach us your ways
That we may love as you
Bless leaders of every
city, nation, world
with your wisdom and grace
Heal those who suffer
Mend the broken
Fill the empty, tend the ill
Lover of Souls
forgive our weaknesses
Bring forth your strength
in us, through you, with us
help us to know your ways
may all we say -
all we do - be for you
Cross posted on A Place for Prayer (link in sidebar) and SeekingAuthenticVoice
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Are you up early with little ones? We welcome you.
Are you sleeping in, gratefully? We'll tiptoe quietly around you.
Are you taking tomorrow off? We envy you, but kindly.
Are you still trying to figure out what to say on Dec. 26th about the Slaughter of the Innocents? You have come to the right place!!!
Pull up to the table and have some coffee cake. I promise goose later, and Prosecco for those who imbibe, and sparkling cider for those who are by nature more abstemious. We'll keep the fires burning for all those who have to finish up for tomorrow. Let us know what's on the table at your house.
And even if you're not preaching, feel free to share a Christmas wish or a favorite tradition in the comments.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tonight's the night.
O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1)
It's Christmas Eve.
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus...
Whether you're ready or not, may your Christmas Eve be blessed.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
(There there....take a deep breath.)
Pull up a chair. Let me get you a cup of coffee or tea. I have homemade goodies: cranberry/orange bread and cinnamon scones. Rest a spell.
We're here to help you finish those sermons for the next few days. Are you preaching Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or BOTH? (and if you are preaching both will you preach the same sermon or different sermons?).
What are you thinking about? The incarnation?... The nativity?... The "journey?"...the mother? What is the Holy Spirit sparking within you? We are here to share ideas and to offer feedback. We are here to keep you energized or help you recharge. We are here if you need a laugh or have something funny to share.
Join the party, we'll be here all day and into the night. It's almost Christ-mass!
Ask the Matriarch will return next week.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Go visit here.
I'm unable, due to the mysteries of an unfamiliar computer setup, to reproduce any text or photos here, but I promise it is worth your while to click and see what the EC family is up to!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The body is like Mary and each of us has a Jesus inside.
Who is not in labor, holy labor? Every creature is.
See the value of true art when the earth or a soul is in
the mood to create beauty,
for the witness might then for a moment know beyond
any doubt, God is really there within,
so innocently drawing life from us with Her umbilical universe,
though also needing to be born, yes God also needs to be born,
birth from a hand's loving touch, birth from a song breathing
life into this world.
The body is like Mary, and each of us, each of us, has a
Monday, December 20, 2010
We're happy to be welcoming new members at this festive season of the year. Be sure to deck their halls by paying a visit to their blogs and leaving a comment.
First, please meet Kara Root, who blogs at in the hereandnow and describes herself as "An atypical Presbyterian minister, mom of two clever kids and two unruly dogs, and wife and proofreader of a wily theologian."
The Rev and the Boys: "still in love with my hubby of 9 years, proud mama of 2 amazing boys, reverend (sometimes), knitter (when I can), yogi (aspiring), laughing girl, follower of Christ and admirer of all things Wild, lover of poetry and music and dancing, obsessed coffee drinker, activist at heart, midwesterner at heart, living it out in NY and laughing at myself as much as possible…"
Stone of Witness, where she is writing about the church and the world. If you don't know her already, she describes herself this way: "I am an unabashedly liberal Episcopal priest from a time when being a liberal was a "good" thing. If I am knee-jerk about anything it is about seeing that justice is done by those of us who call ourselves Christians or who are about serving Christ in the Church."
Those of us who had the pleasure of meeting Muthah+ at BE 3.0 know how delightfully straightforward she is. Go say hey!
New Life in the North Country, but I would also like to give a nod to her blog, The Daily Cattown News, which chronicled her life in the five years after Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is all these things: "Ordained Presbyterian minister, newly married, writer, former business journalist, native New Orleanian who can speak fluent Yat but refrains most of the time, cat person, horse person, fan of TV shows that have been off the air for years."
Inscription, the blog of Hassopheret,
"An educated black woman, priest, pastor, preacher, technician of the sacred, sacramentalist, scholar, teacher, writer, thinker, believer, dreamer."
Her recent posts have been deeply moving, in particular the latest post about Advent.
"Life is good. It's about living in partnership with my wife, Rebekah, about serving God in the context of our church home, about being the parent of two amazing children, and of both honing and using my particular gifts in order to make this world a better place."
His eponymous blog, Derek Maul, has been around for awhile, and more recently he began The Preacher's Husband.
I hope this will be a fruitful week for all our bloggers. Hang in there, the days start getting longer very soon!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
the giver of light and life,
we thank you for this gift of life.
We thank you for those who come into our lives as prophets,
pointing us toward that most precious gift,
We thank you for those we travel with us
as we seek to know more fully who we are
as your people.
Come to us this day
and every day.
Come to us in the trials and tribulations.
Be with us in through the storms of life,
Come to us in our birthings
and in our dyings.
Come to us
and comfort us.
Come to us
and give us your peace.
Come to us
that we might see the way.
Come to us
that we can be
Your hands and heart.
Come to us
that we might be
in this broken world.
O Come, Emmanuel.
Crossposted on A Place for Prayer
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Many of us are looking at a short busy week ahead of us...only a week from now it will be Christs-mass. Much to do...but today we are focusing primarily on the sermon for tomorrow, which is technically still Advent 4.
True, some of you may have your Christmas in church celebration. For many years the small church I served shared its space with a Korean Methodist Church. It was important for us to do a quick change after services on Advent 4, decorating the church for the Koreans to have their Christmas service that afternoon. (They only met on Sunday and would not have a Christmas Eve or day service).
Whether you are preparing for Advent 4 or Christmas or both, you are welcome to the party. We are in the deep-freeze where I live so lots of goodies to fortify us and keep us toasty: coffee and a variety of teas, homemade apple crisp, oatmeal, yogurt, for starters. Pull up a chair and join the party. We'll help with ideas, comments on you sermon, support if you get stuck, and some fun too.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This week’s question comes from a RevGal who is discerning that it is time to leave the setting where she has been serving:
I'm trying to figure out when to break the news to the folks in my church that I am leaving them. There are a couple things that make this sort of "interesting." It's a different situation from a regular resignation where they would need lots of lead time to call a new pastor, as I am one of three non-stipendiary priests on a Mutual Ministry Team and the other two will remain as well as the rest of the team to continue on in ministry. The other complexity is that my husband and I don't know exactly when we are leaving. We have set a goal to be moved by July 1 if at all possible, but we cannot go sooner than the end of May due to my "day job" contract commitment. But all of this hinges on getting jobs in our new location, selling our house here, etc. My thought is to set an end date for my participation on the team on May 22nd anyway. It would give some "finality" and allow some planning for schedules, etc. My question then is, when to annouce this. How much time is enough and how much is too much. Hoping some of you who have left calls and have some experience with this can lead me in a wise direction. Thanks!
In alphabetical order, our respondents offer the following thoughts:
Jennifer, blogging at An Orientation of Heart writes:
I hope you feel you can share with your lead priest or head of staff the news that you are leaving as soon as you feel comfortable. Undoubtedly you have program planning and a preaching schedule and your lead pastor would probably appreciate all of the notice you can give. He or she can keep the news confidential while still being given the courtesy of knowing what's up with you. I'd suggest sharing your news with the congregation no more than a month in advance. Given your timetable of wanting to finish on May 22, I'd say letting folks know after Easter would be adequate for offering you a fitting farewell.
Best to you!
Mompriest, who blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice writes:
This is a good question. The way we end a ministry is as important as the way we begin one, even if we are part of a team. Certain people within the congregations served will always know “You” as their favorite and will feel the loss. This means you need enough time to say goodbye and celebrate your ministry with all the people in some festive manner – a glorified coffee hour with each congregation – at the very least. Check out the Alban Institute weekly newsletter articles for more information on this. (somewhere in their archives they will have something on ending pastoral relationships.)
On the other hand a protracted good bye will feel endless and wearing on everyone, especially you. Essentially you become a lame-duck leader once you announce your resignation and it all becomes about goodbye. The other two ministers will feel the impact too and the transition will begin, even if it’s just a transition from three to two ministers in rotation.
So, the general rule of thumb in my denomination is to announce your resignation 6-8 weeks before you leave. Occasionally, when a Rector (head of staff) is retiring not resigning, much more notice is given. In your case I suggest something along the 6-8 weeks, which will feel terribly long and too short all at the same time. And, as I’ve said a team of leaders need to organize with the various congregations a festive celebration of your ministry with them and a fond farewell. It is appropriate in my denomination to ask folks to contribute to a “purse” – a farewell gift of money – but that may not feel right to you. A gift to a local charity in your name could also be appropriate.
And Muthuh+, who recently retired herself, adds:
I would say that 6 months is too long and 1 month is too short. Give yourself time to visit with those who need your visit, to wind up all the projects that you have in the fire. I would suggest 2 or 3 months will be enough. If you were the stipendiary pastor, I would suggest more. Allow them to have a party to say good bye. Give them a specific date. I had a problem with this when I retired because we had a problem with our housing. We had to move the date around a bit which was not good for the parish.
It’s your turn…use the Post a Comment function to share your experiences and insights.
And send us your questions – the queue is nearly empty. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
May you live in God’s amazing grace+
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is a participatory Wednesday Festival! I searched the RevGals archives and did not find a post on this topic, though it was mentioned in comments by several. I'd like to ask you to share in the comments about your experience with this type of service and let us know whether you have something like it, with a brief description.
At this time of year, many churches offer a service of solace for those feeling out of kilter with the merriment suffusing our culture. I've heard it called "Blue Christmas," "Longest Night" (often because it's held on December 21, the longest night of the year), and "Hard to Be Merry" (in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is the opposite of the longest night).
I've never been to a service like this, but as I said to a friend today, I wish I could. I don't have any great personal tragedies making my Christmas difficult, but still, I feel depressed by the horrors of the world and by the pain I hold for others - those I know and those I don't. And those feelings are magnified by the fact that I am "supposed to" feel happy, joyful, ho ho ho! How much more must this be true for those of you whose calling is ordained ministry, and who walk with people in devastation in these days, and who are dealing with tragedies of your own as well.
In a December 10 article from Episcopal News Service, Carolyn Voldritch of the Church of Our Saviour in Charlottesville, VA, says of the service, "I find it personally helpful because you don't get to be middle-aged and not have some sort of heaviness in your heart, where you're missing someone or because things in your life didn't turn out the way you wanted them to," she said.
Yes. Thank you.
For your interest, here's a link to a wonderful liturgy for Blue Christmas on the blog of Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton, Proctor Fellow at EDS.
So, please share with us your thoughts and ideas for Longest Night services. If you want to include a link, you can do it with this little formula: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>
On a different but very related note - I ask your prayers for Questing Parson, whom many of you may know from his blog or on Facebook. He has been a steadfast member, friend and supporter of the RevGalBlogPals from the beginning. He has been walking in the Valley of the Shadow with his dear wife, who entered into larger life at midnight last night.
Lord, hear our prayers.
Well, it's taken a couple of weeks...but we are now in Advent's home stretch, with our Gospel lesson turning toward the events surrounding Jesus' birth.
What are your thoughts as you read this Sunday's lessons? Anything that speaks to you as especially preachable? Do you have a new way to proclaim the beginning of this "old, old story"? As always, we appreciate your sharing your insights and worship plans here.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sometimes those moments become holy. Other times they are simply hilarious. And occasionally they leave us chagrined or thankfully, thoroughly relieved.
For this 2nd Monday discussion, I invite you to share a story, or a link to a story on your own blog, in the comments.
(That handsome, grey-bearded Joseph on the right? My 15-year-old daughter, in a bit of last-minute casting. She is a really good sport.)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This piece seems to capture the silence and the stillness that I so covet by this point in Advent. The setting is medieval plainsong, a hymn to Mary in her title "Star of the Sea" (Stella Maris — thought by some to be an errant transcription of St. Jerome's translation of Miriam (Mary) as stilla maris — a "drop in the sea".)
The text echoes the readings many of our communities heard today, Isaiah and Matthew's pericope on John the Baptist:
Solve vincla reis,
profer lumen cæcis....
Loosen the chains of the guilty,
Send forth light to the blind...
Vitam praesta puram,
iter para tutum:
ut videntes Iesum
Bestow a pure life,
Prepare a safe way:
That seeing Jesus,
We may ever rejoice.
I first heard this piece on the frozen edge of the Atlantic while making the Spiritual Exercises. Now I can't hear it without breathing deeply of silence, winter and the ocean.
May the silence enfold you, may drops of dew from heaven soothe your soul, may you travel in safety and may you rejoice heartily in the Lord on this Gaudete Sunday!
What joyous praises did your community give voice to this weekend? There's so much wonderful Advent music to hear, and so little time to hear it -- please share your feast with us in the comments!
For weak hands, feeble knees, widowed, spirits
Made lame, we pray
For those orphaned from war, violence, fear
Parentless children, silent, stifled cries. For the
hungry, we pray
For wives, beaten, abused, trampled, shot
Spirits abandoned, imprisoned by fear. For
Women, we pray
In the dry land of desert wilderness, parched
Stranded spirit, a deer that cannot leap. For the
Broken, we pray
Blessed are those whose help is God
Happy are those whose hope is God, for the
Good News, we pray
For the Good News of God, born human, who
Comes to live and love us, as us, be glad, rejoice,
Singing, we pray
For hope, like blooming flowers in a dusty desert
For hope, compassion bursting forth, be strong!
God is with us.
Crossposted on RevGalPrayerPals "A Place for Prayer" and SeekingAuthenticVoice
More on Sixteen Days of Prayer to End Domestic Violence HERE This prayer was originally written for and is published here
Friday, December 10, 2010
But rejoicing is what Mary did. (I know I'm off lectionary from most of the rest of you with my Mary thoughts, but it is still Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday). Even in the midst of her scandelous situation, Mary was moved to rejoice and sing.
Back to the lectionary: James urges us to be patient. When longings are deep, patience is hard to come by. And in my experience when longings are deep, times of rejoicing are not coming easily either. Which, I believe, is why someone had the wisdom to put this Gaudete Sunday in the lectionary - - to remind us to rejoice. Not because, as the fake roadside sign implies, we don't ever rejoice any other times, but because even in our season of preparation and anticipation there is room and reason to rejoice.
Now, about those sermons. Who's ready to rejoice? Maybe we can help each other get there. Have a story to share? A prayer to offer? Of course one of those ever necessary children's sermons would be great! Let us all know what you need and how you're doing. Join the party in the comments!!!
My colleague, an Italian, just walked by my door singing, "Jingle Bell Rock." At the end of each line, he punctuated it with a clap!
"Jingle bell, Jingle bell, Jingle Bell rock (*clap!*)"
I'm not sure he knows any more of the song than that, but he sure does sound happy. :)
Another colleague and friend, who has been away from our workplace for several months, has returned on a part-time basis. She danced into my room this morning with a big, "HEEEEY!" and hugged me.
I love having people and things in my life that lift me up. This morning started out with icky things running through my head: I've been sick, I feel like a zombie; my husband's been sick; all the world's news seems to be bad, Christmas is coming and my proverbial goose is not nearly fat! and work deadlines are looming. And yet, and yet.
These two friends have brought a smile to my face today. My spirits are lifted.
So, for today's Friday Five: What lifts you up when you are low or troubled? Who helps you remember that you are not alone, it's getting better all the time, etc.?
Your five responses can be people you know, people you DON'T know, music, places, foods, scripture, surprises, something you do for someone else. It could be a pair of slippers. It could be a glass of water.
Bonus: Do you like the song "Jingle Bell Rock?" If you do, who do you prefer to hear sing it? Bobby Helms, Brenda Lee, Mean Girls, Stephanie Smith, Chubby Checker, Billy Gilman, Brian Setzer, Hilary Duff, Thousand Foot Krutch (I am not making this up), oh, there are so many more! I am currently partial to my friend Marco.
If you play, let us know in the comments! You can use this easy formula to make a link: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
reverb10, a series of prompts that runs for the whole month of December. You can find posts at Preacher Mom's and Rev. Dr. Mom's and Jules' and Mary Beth's and at my place. And if I've missed someone, please let us know in the comments, and I will add a link.
Edited to add: Please go visit Purple! I don't know how I missed her. And say hello to Kerri, she's doing #reverb10, too. Not to mention Bad Alice!!!
And jo(e) shares the story of neighbor children who have touched her life and reminds us of ways we can help others at this season when we remember a young woman desperately seeking a place to give birth in her post, Everywhere.
How are you coping with the busy season?
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice—it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances—but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And still I believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Crossposted on RevGalPrayerPals "A Place for Prayer" and SeekingAuthenticVoice
More on Sixteen Days of Prayer to End Domestic Violence HERE This prayer was originally written for and is published here
Saturday, December 04, 2010
As for me, I can't stop thinking about the stump of Jessse. But what about you? Are you stumped? Or are your creative juices (aka the Holy Spirit) flowing this morning? What have you got to share? What questions do you have? (and just how are behind are you on your Christmas preparations?)
As is my tradition, I have blueberry pancakes and fair trade coffee to start off the day. I promise you more treats as the day progresses! I hope you will stop in, and stay awhile.
There is plenty to share!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Whether a RevGal or a Pal most of us in this cyber community have enhanced responsibilities during this time of year. We also have traditions - religious and secular - that mark the season for us in a more personal way.