Come Worship Our Savior

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and the shepherds were terrified. 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is our Messiah, the Lord.  

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Come worship God’s Word in flesh. 

Christ welcomes all from every tradition, and people new to faith.

Christ welcomes new friends and familiar friends.


Christ welcomes every age and every size, tone and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every socioeconomic station, relationship status, political belief, ability and challenge.


Christ welcomes believers and questioners, and to questioning believers.


All are welcome to pray and praise, celebrate and sorrow, rejoice and recover.


God nurtures us in love and we are made whole. 

  Christ welcomes you to worship.  Amen.

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Thank you, Holy Mother for Removing the Sludge

Praying KittenGracious Mother,

Your mercy is beautiful.

Thank you for wrapping me in your grace.

I love the feel of your strength within me.

Thank you for removing the sludge of this day.

It is wonderful to be swaddled in your unfailing love.

I love the beauty of your embrace.

Amen Holy Mother! Your will be done.

Psalm 69:14, 16

Stop Church Bullies


Church bullies.

Church bullies have become the public face and shame of Christ.

Church bullies are haters.

Church bullies hatred has spread quickly and wildly like a fungus.

Church bullies torment:

  • our Muslim siblings,
  • our siblings of color,
  • our LGBTQIA siblings,
  • women
  • and all of our other marginalized siblings.

Church bullies declare themselves righteous despite their own sins of

  • pedophilia,
  • adultery,
  • racism
  • and hatred.

 

Where is the rest of Christ’s church?

We hide in our pews.

We are polite.

We are silent.

 

Christ did not call his church to become a place of division, hatred and anger.

Christ did not call his church to be silent.

Stop looking away as they grope our Lord, mock her, take pictures of their evil deeds and toss her into the prison of shame we built for her.

OUCH! She cries out.

The Lord hears her.

She delivers her.

Psalm 34:17

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

We are the body of Christ.

How will we respond?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

We hear our siblings crying.

The Holy Spirit shakes us.

We hear her voice.

She says, “Wake UP!  Your sister is crying.”

By oppression and judgment she was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

I protest! Do you?

We are the Church.

We are the body of Christ.

Our siblings cry out.

We hear her cries.

Let our love mushroom

Almighty Mother, thank you for your warm embrace. Wake me from my white cocoon. Guide my voice, my steps and my message to create a safe gathering place for everyone to worship you.  A church. Your church. Christ’s church.  We are the Church.

Mama, do not forget the helpless.   Be with and wipe every tear of my sisters who have been raped, bullied or abused. Do not give the wicked the last laugh. We seek your justice. Amen.

Keep Your Honk to Yourself

Honk. Honk! HONK! HONNNNNKK! Commuting to the city is noisy.

I imagine every tenth car has a shredded horn while mine is rarely ever used.

Why does someone ten cars back feel the need to put all their weight into their horn until their wheels finally start moving?

Either their wrists really hurt by the time they get to work or their cars are automatically wired to honk whenever they stop moving.

Please exercise your road rage in therapy or at the gym because your horn isn’t getting you anywhere.

Have a nice day! Honk. Honk.

 If I HONK without love, I am just plain noisy!

1 Corinthians 13:1

A Grateful Reformation Heart

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

Christ dwell with us as we teach and disciple each other with all the wisdom of the psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude  in our Reformed hearts. 

Colossians 3:16

Great Reformer, 

Thank you for your WORD, your FAITH and your GRACE.

We pray for continued understanding of WORD alone, FAITH alone and GRACE alone as we embrace and love our Muslim siblings, siblings of color, LGBTQ siblings and other marginalized siblings. 

We lift up and pray for our siblings that struggle with embracing your children who may look, pray or love differently. Continue your Reformation in us to end Bullying.

AMEN

#500Reformation