Baptism Infographic without the Info
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I am working on an infographic on baptism for my Foundations of Worship class.  I'm not going to post it until it's graded--I don't want antiplagiarism software to find a blog post and think that I'm cheating. But what I really want to use for an infographic is this picture: Yep, that's me, with the first baby I ever baptized.  It was such a joyful experience.   Of course, I can't use it for my school work.  There's really no information about baptism with this picture.  But it brings a smile to my face every time I see it.  I should get a frame for it ..read more
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Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel
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3d ago
The readings for Sunday, February 25, 2024: First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm: Psalm 22:22-30 (Psalm 22:23-31 NRSV) Second Reading: Romans 4:13-25 Gospel: Mark 8:31-38 In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus gives us fairly stark terms about what it means to be a Christian, and it's worth thinking about, in our world where Christianity has become so distorted and used to justify so many questionable activities. Over the last 50 or so years of the 20th century, many people came to see Christianity as just one more way to self-enlightenment or self-improvement. Many people combined Christian ..read more
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Creating First Communion Curriculum
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3d ago
Yesterday was the last day of the 3 week First Communion class that I created.  I think that it went well; next week, we will celebrate the first communion of 3-4 children. When I first started as the Synod Appointed Minister at Faith Lutheran in Bristol, TN, I noticed that one child wasn't taking part in communion, but other children of all ages were.  I asked his mom if there was a reason, and she said she wanted him to have first communion instruction before participating fully.  I could respect that, but I wasn't sure that it should be me.  Still, I started thinking abo ..read more
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Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel
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1w ago
The readings for Sunday, February 18, 2024: First Reading: Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9 (Psalm 25:1-10 NRSV) Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 We begin Lent back in the country of baptism. Once again, we hear the story of the baptism of Christ. Didn't we just cover this material a few weeks ago?  Indeed we did.  What a versatile Gospel text, suitable for both the early days of the Epiphany season and the early days of Lent.  There's a lesson here for us. In today‚Äôs Gospel, we see Christ going through the stages of the life of a Christian, in a sort ..read more
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Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day
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1w ago
 It is both Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day, a confluence of holidays that will only happen again once this century in 2029.  Observant folks may remember that it happened in 2018, and people like me, who do some Google searching (which is not nearly as effective as it once was) will discover that it happened in 1923, 1934, and 1945. I need to write a sermon for tonight's worship service at Faith Lutheran in Bristol, Tennessee, and get the Communion bread made.  I am hoping that this blogging helps to order my thoughts.  Part of the problem with an Ash Wednesday sermon is ..read more
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The Day before Ash Wednesday
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1w ago
Happy Shrove Tuesday!  Happy Mardi Gras!  Last week, when I mentioned to my Tuesday/Thursday classes that we'd be meeting on Mardi Gras, I got blank looks.  I still don't know whether they were blank looks because my students haven't ever heard of Mardi Gras or because they see me as an old lady who can't possibly understand the joys of cheap, plastic beads and buckets of alcoholic drinks. I do realize that both may be true. I usually don't have much in the way of plans for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  But tonight, my local Lutheran church is having a pancake supper ..read more
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Creation Theories
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1w ago
Yesterday, I posted this picture, with this Facebook post:  "One of these things does more to affirm my belief in a benevolent God than the others (the cup contains coffee from a pod, and the graham crackers contain chocolate frosting). Discuss." Yesterday was a day of modest revelations.  I read God in Creation while waiting for students to come for their individual conferences.  Moltmann is the Systematics theologian around whom we're structuring our two semesters of Systematic Theology.  So far, my reaction has been a shrug, but I really liked yesterday's rea ..read more
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Circuit Riders for the Twenty-first Century
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1w ago
Friday night, we had a pastor friend over for cheese and wine and/or hot apple cider.  She owns the cabin beside us, but it's a summer cabin, with no heat, so she was staying up the hill at camp.  We talked about the challenges facing the church.  And yet, because of the challenges, some churches are thinking about exciting options. One church has created, with the approval of their bishop, a position called a preaching fellow.  Ordained pastors come to preach for 4-12 weeks at a time.  What a cool idea.  The church doesn't have to support a pastor in all the othe ..read more
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For the Anonymous ones, the Simon Peter's Mother-in-Laws
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2w ago
On Sunday, I preached a sermon about Simon Peter's mother-in-law, healed from a fever, rising from her sickbed to serve.  Instead of the kind of feminist outrage I would have channeled in my younger years, I decided to talk about Simon Peter's mother-in-law as one of the first to understand the appropriate response to the miracle of new/healed life that Jesus offers:  to serve others. Later in the Gospel text for Sunday (Mark 1: 29-39), Simon Peter and his companions hunt for Jesus, who has retreated to pray.  Note that verb:  hunt.  It's much more hostile in the ..read more
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Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel
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2w ago
The readings for Sunday, February 11, 2024: First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6 Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Gospel: Mark 9:2-9 I often approach Transfiguration Sunday by thinking about ways to transfigure myself. In just a few days, we enter the season of Lent, that season of ash and penitence. I often discover that people are Christian when they announce what they're giving up for Lent; how sad that I can't tell in any other way that they're Christian. Many of us approach Lent as a time to recalibrate in deeper ways. Many churches add additional study or worship o ..read more
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