January 20, 2021

Mystic Sweet Communion

Songs, a litany, and prayers for All Saints…

Another Look: Our Relational God

Another Look: Our Relational God This Sunday upcoming is Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as […]

“uncomforted as I have ever been”

Marilyn Hacker’s lament about a dreary April in upstate New York mirrors the experience of many in this stay-at-home world we inhabit these days. It’s going to be a rainy weekend here in Indiana if the weather forecast proves accurate, so this may just be the perfect poem for today. • • • April Interval […]

Another Look: Lent and the Gospel Story

We have begun our journey into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In a January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” I pointed out that the Epiphany season is representative of the first half of the […]

Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well […]

another look: midwinter

midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy muck transform the slender strands weaving a carpet ‘neath the trees which don their own green gowns and fill […]

On My Winter Playlist…

For all with cabin fever — seasonal or otherwise. Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend Today these eyes scan bleached-out lands For the coming of the outbound stage Pacing the cage… • Songwriter: […]

First Snow

• Click on each picture to see a larger image • • First snow, it came early this morning So I’m up and out of bed Visions of a real slow goin’ Start runnin’ through my head First snow, there ain’t nothing like The sudden change that winter brings But it looks so pretty that […]

Another Look: the cruelest month…

the cruelest month… t. s. eliot was wrong—it is not april, but november. it is november that sucks the color out of the world. it is november that brutally strips the brilliant textured sweater off the tree and leaves it naked, shivering against the gray, cold wind. it is november, when sky becomes steel, earth […]

Randy Thompson: It’s Spring, Sort of

Randy Thompson It’s Spring, Sort of Spring typically conjures up images of robins, flowers and bright yellow forsythia blooms. That’s the way spring is supposed to be for most of us. But, the reality of it here in New Hampshire is a bit different. Spring is mud season. We’re grateful for the warmer weather, but […]