Category: words of faith

What cometh before a fall?

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. So says the writer of Proverbs, anyway. (16:18 if you’re playing along for points.) This evening just before things were completely dark outside, I heard our wind chimes singing mightily in the back…

A Gentle, Angry People

I have been thinking a lot these past months about privilege and its insidious impact on our culture in general, and the Church in particular. Privilege creates barriers of assumptions. Of misrepresentation. Unfortunately those of us who have privilege  don’t see it.  Privilege comes…

That Family Resemblance – The “Kin-dom” of God

That Family Resemblance – The “Kin-dom” of God Ephesians 1:3-14 A sermon offered to the people of God at Bethesda United Church of Christ July 15, 2018 It’s wonderful to be back here with you. The last time I subbed for Pastor Dee, many…

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The Rock Piles of Ministry: Who Knew?

  Behold. A rock pile. Not just any rock pile. Oh, no! It’s taken years to get this pile of rocks. There was a decent start to the pile when we moved in 22 years ago. As I dug new garden beds, I’d find…

Friday Prayer; Look up and see

Cross-posted from RevGals. This week’s prayer flows from the tending of my own heart to combat the discouragement that seems to brew inside me with the least provocation. I return again and again to the promises Christ made and the challenge to wait with…

Good Friday

Reposted from last year – a prayer written for RevGalBlogPals. You are welcome to use with attribution. Peace and blessings.

Tired and Mossy

Just in front of my parking space yesterday was this mossy trunk of a stately oak tree. The grass wasn’t sprouting yet. The branches were bare, and last year’s leaves blew around on the ground beneath her. No sign of spring anywhere… I had…

et lux perpetua…

Today during our Hospice team meeting, we stopped at the 10 o’clock hour to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida just two weeks ago. Just two weeks… I re-lit our memorial candles to read the 17 names. After two or three names, I…

On the needles

Recently a family member had an outpatient procedure. We rushed to get out the door on time. Rushed to the office, only to be parked in the waiting area. After the prelims were done I had a lot of time just sitting alone. Waiting….

Snakes on the Plains! (Lent 4B)

A sermon offered to the people of God at Greenbelt Community Church, Greenbelt, MD. Rev. Glennyce Grindstaff, pastor. March 11, 2018 (Lent 4B) SNAKES ON THE PLAINS Scriptures: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:11-21 (Common English Bible) The lectionary editors brought these texts to us in Lent, of…

Deep Peace

John Rutter’s setting of the Gaelic blessing, “Deep Peace” is playing in the background. I have finished some writing, some house cleaning, put away the laundry and reviewed my calendar for the week… and have a few moments to just sit and Be. At…

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