Category: Church

Quiet Week

I know I’m probably jinxing this just by writing it down, but it’s been a remarkably quiet week around here. That is, at least compared to last week, which was one of those weeks with something every night and back to back appointments most days. Rob was out of town for half the week so […]

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On Palms and Ashes

On Tuesday morning, I burned last year’s palms to make ashes for the Ash Wednesday service. Or rather, I should say, I recruited a church member to burn them while I stood by with a fire extinguisher, completely unsure of how this would go. Even though I’ve been presiding at Ash Wednesday services for the […]

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Waiting for Christmas Eve

This was my midweek message for the church this morning, the fourth in a series about my favorite Advent traditions: One of my favorite Advent traditions (in addition to lighting the Advent wreath, reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and shopping for gifts), is going to church on Christmas Eve. I don’t think there’s been […]

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Marking Time

This was my midweek message for the church today. Thanks to Laura Jean for inspiration. One of my favorite Advent traditions – one that helps us to wait, patiently and expectantly – is the Advent Wreath. The wreath in our sanctuary is lovely: tall candles draped in greens, with the words hope, peace, joy, love […]

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Potluck Parenting

For the most part, I think, I’ve gotten fairly adept at the juggling act that is parenting and pastoring. I’m pretty good about boundaries, I take most of my Fridays off, and we eat dinner together nearly every night. I’ve learned that it’s okay to wear my “mom” hat at church sometimes and simply watch […]

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Pass the marshmallows, please.

We are doing some renovations in our church building – a renovated kitchen and a new boiler system – so for the past several weeks, there have been construction workers all over the place. It’s been noisy and dusty, to say the least. One of the projects involved cutting some pipe in the room directly […]

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