A sermon based on Psalm 89 My name is Lia, and I’m a church nerd. I love all things big and small about church, and I especially love the smells and bells that come with Advent. During Advent, we deck out the church, we hang Chrismons, wear our pretty purples, have the amazing smell of evergreens, and the sounds of uplifting music. I am such a nerd that I hum Advent tunes all season long, and resist the urge to sing Christmas carols. In fact, most of Advent you can find me singing, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.” And usually IRead More →

Today’s #rethinkAdvent prompt is “Instigate good.” This morning is another difficult morning. The Today show aired from Pakistan–and (unnecessarily) showed the school where 142 people, most of them children, were killed yesterday. They showed vivid images, and it was no way to start the morning. So what can we do to counteract such violence? In the absence of being able to do anything to help in Pakistan, what can we do to change things today? We can instigate good. Do something, anything, good. Seems like a small thing, but I like to buy the person-behind-me-in-the-coffee-line coffee in the morning. It helps. I smile at everyone.Read More →

Today’s #rethinkAdvent prompt is a poem: There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread. William Stafford, from The Way It Is, 1998 And the question is, “What is the thread?” I’m preaching at a noontime service at First Baptist HighlandRead More →

Today’s #rethinkAdvent prompt is “Rejoice!” So here’s a little rejoicing: I rejoice in dear friends who are doing important work in the world. I rejoice in the fact that I have a little money to help friends. I rejoice that a good friend is traveling–he deserves a great trip to France. I rejoice in my new job, in how much I love these people, and how much fun they are. I rejoice in my health, and in the health of those I love. I rejoice that I am done coming up with things to rejoice about. “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”Read More →

Today’s #rethinkAdvent prompt is “Clean out your closets.” Really? All this really important, big things around the world, and someone thinks that I should clean out my closets? I mean, it’s a good idea to give away the things in your closet that you’re not wearing, pass them down the line. But today? When there’s real stuff going on? Because there is real stuff going on. Hello? Do you hear me? There’s real stuff going on! There are people dying. There are people who are sad. There are people who have been injured. There are people who are trapped in their circumstances. There are peopleRead More →