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Friday Five… What am I…

(courtesy of Reverendmother at the RevGalBlogPals)1. Wearing: Sweatsuit, tshirt, slippers…I love Fridays at home. New haircut/colour. I love having a friend who does hair. New contacts!! I love not wearing glasses.

2. Pondering: what to write in the monthly pastor’s report. Sigh. Among other reports. Much rather be surfing the Net or blogging. Oh wait, I am blogging….

3. Reading: Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military (Randy Shilts); The Rise of the Creative Class (Richard Florida); Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Leadership (Lewis Parks and Bruce Birch); I Say a Little Prayer (E. Lynn Harris), to name the ones on the top of the pile. Oh, and the latest New Yorker and Advocate magazines.

4. Dreaming: of a vacation…real time off, not a day here and there. I had hoped to take the first weekend in August off for a retreat or a visit to friends/family elsewhere, but we’ve got a wedding booked, and I really need the fee. So…maybe later in the month.

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No Clever Title Today...

It's been a while and things haven't been good, which is why it's been a while...
The thing is that DP has gone back to her hometown. Economics here in RiverCity were just too difficult for her to work regularly. And we’ve split up. Why is that so hard to type?It’s been my reality for a few weeks now. Every time I say it or type it, though, it’s real again. And I think that’s all I’m going to say.

Friday Five: JOY!

Well, an0ther one of “those” weeks…appointments most of every day, more paperwork than hours in the day, overheated discussions on an email group, an extra sermon to write (well, half, anyway), etc.I’m leading worship at LandlordChurch this week—generally I can use the same sermon for both congregations, and I think that I can do that again. I’ll adda paragraph or have an alternate ending, perhaps—much as I did when I was serving two churches in the UnitedMethodistChurch. So a sermon and a half. At any rate, a busy tim!
The result is no postings this week! To make up for it, here’s a Friday Five, courtesy of the RevGalBlogPals and Songbird.Tell us about five people, places, or things that have brought surprising, healing joy into your life.1. Meditation. I’ve begun taking that half hour I used to spend watching the morning TV news and meditating/praying instead. The increased focus and centered start to my day are giving me better momentum and a fresher start, instead of seeing all the…

Shoah Sermon draft...

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(Thanks to my deacon for the graphic)
This is a rough draft of the sermon I will preach on Sunday, April 15, Yom Ha Shoah--the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. I have included the Scriptures I will be using. I will also have resource lists and some other materials available. For readers who are interested, I highly recommend Sanantha Powers "A Fine Hell," Richard Plant's "Men of the Pink Triangle," and Rosemary Radford Ruther's "Faith and Fratricide," as well as Carroll's "Constantine's Sword." Constructive comments welcomed!
Leviticus 19:13-19aYou shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Holy One. You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour…
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As a means of sermon procrastination as well as early Friday Fiving (bending the ol’ Space-time continuum again), I offer this personal Friday Five in honour of my birthday earlier this month.Five things I am glad I did this year (since my last birthday):1. Went on retreat. Quite possibly the best six days of the year. I have waxed over-lyrical about this in the past, so I’ll forgo that this time.2. Attended local clergy gatherings. A group of my denomination’s clergy gathers for lunch once a month. We’re actually very fortunate to be able to do this, since there aren’t many locations that have as many of us as this area. And the local presbytery of the UC has graciously included me in their gatherings as well, as all of them are affirming and supportive (and working to move their congregations in that direction). The mutual support and laughter (I will not mention certain items I was told could not appear in the blog, even though it would be very funny…) and the sense that I am not a…

Monday, Monday....

First of all, my apologies for the truly odd formatting on the Good Friday service; I did a cut-and-paste from Word, so I suspect some of that formatting snuck in and played with Blogger's brain...not that it takes much.

This is my day of a complete sabbath from church-related stuff, so don't expect much on the Holy Week that is just past.

What I'm thinking about:
Decisions that made sense at the time don't always make sense later on, especially if thy were made in a time of tension and emotion. Case in point--some decisions I made during my divorce process that I now wish I had not made. My lawyer, to give him credit, really tried hard to talk me out of them, but failed. I screwed myself, folks. Don't do that to yourself. Listen to your lawyers...Been watching The L Word, first season. It's on at the same time as ER here, so I didn't watch it when it started, and then by the time ER went on break, I had no idea who any of the characters were on L Word, or the…

Good Friday Worship

Good Friday ServiceApril 6, 2007Stations of the Cross
Prayer and Reflection PreludeWelcome and IntroductionThis is a modified version of the stations of the cross; so if you are familiar with the Stations of the Cross you will notice that some are missing. Each station has a short reading for quiet meditation. This is for you to read, ponder and consider. This is followed by a reflection; a telling of the last of day of Jesus’ earthly life through the eyes of a Roman soldier. The booklet is yours to take with you; may it guide your prayers and devotions over the next two days as we mourn the death of our Saviour. Let us pause to centre ourselves, to bring ourselves into this time and place, leaving aside our cares and concerns, and be truly present for this moment…..Call to WorshipToday the carpenter’s hands are nailed to a cross, the king of kings is crowned with thorns and wears the purple robe of mockery. Today he sets us free, himself imprisoned on a tree. Today is God’s Friday. We …