Category Archives : Musings

Musings on the Journey

Patriotism, the Bible, and Citizenship

The bunting is out all over town.  Flags are waving.  I love July 4 in Williamsburg.  Nearly every year I go down to Duke of Gloucester Street to hear an interpreter read the Declaration of Independence.  What a thrilling experience!   When do you feel most patriotic?  For me, it’s when I’m entering my assigned […]

Be Thankful. You’ll Find Yourself Joyful!

Sitting outside on the screened porch on a beautiful and mild Spring morning (finally!).  Listening.  Looking. After a while I open a page and read Marie Howe’s poem, “The World.”  (Is this some kind of divine inspiration or something?  I mean, this particular poem, on this particular morning?)   “I couldn’t tell one song from […]

Returning to the Rhythm

Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed, alleluia! Jesus the Christ has defeated death!  During the season of Easter we celebrate resurrection life!  In fact, the reason we gather every Sunday, and for every funeral or memorial service, is to celebrate resurrection. How are you doing on your journey?  Are you doing the work God […]

Once We Sang and Danced

Ash Wednesday and 17 dead (at this point) at a high school in Parkland Florida. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” — perhaps while in a high school classroom, because American citizens can buy military assault weapons. Tonight, during our Ash Wednesday worship, we sang Susan Briel’s words, which are […]

Light in the Darkness

The darkness is deepest during these weeks, for us in the northern hemisphere.  Dusk comes in the late afternoon.  The sun rises 14 hours later. For some ancient European peoples, the winter solstice was an important time of religious rituals, encouraging the sun to return.  One theory why December 25 was chosen as the date […]

Work, Life, Death: It is All Gift

A 15 hour work day yesterday, beginning at 5:00 AM to do final preparations for the day’s worship.  Two festival services – with Karen Ive’s music leadership, combined choirs and wind ensemble, worship done as well as any congregation celebrating Reformation Sunday.  (The weakness might have been my sermon, which was a bit too much […]

Ordinary Time

So, howareyadoin’, one month into Ordinary Time? For you and me who are living in the liturgical world, there are two portions of Ordinary Time.  A short period comes during the season of Epiphany (between Christmas and Lent).  Now we’re in the longer portion, which comprises about half the year.  It started on June 11 […]