If you buy a skein of yarn for knitting or crocheting, it is a given that the center part of the skein will be a tangled mess of yarn. It's just what happens when the yarn is wrapped at the factory. It's not knotted, but it's tangled, and a mess. It takes patience to get it all smoothed out. Edie had a ball of yarn at church on Sunday. She had reached the messy, tangled center of the skein. It was colorful yarn, transitioning from yellow to pink to green to blue and back agai
I mentioned the name ‘Mary Oliver’ during Sunday’s sermon. I asked if folks knew of her and to my surprise, I got more head shakes saying ‘no’ than the expected nods of ‘yes.’ Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet that passed away a little over a week ago. She lived out East in Provincetown, Massachusetts with her partner Molly Malone Cook (a well-known photographer). Her work painted pictures of nature for so many people - simple yet complicated - beautiful and real.
This Sunday we will observe the Feast of St. Stephen – yes, the feast made famous in the Good Wenceslaus song. For those who pay attention to these things, you'll know we're a little late with this. The Feast of St. Stephen is on December 26, so it tends to get buried under the busyness of Christmas. But he is our namesake. We'll probably never know why 130+ years ago our founding members chose to name this new congregation after St. Stephen. I’m sure 130+ years ago, no one a
“What brings you hope for the New Year?” This was a question asked last night by a good friend at the conclusion of a meeting last night around my conference table at St. Stephen’s. The group laughed uncomfortably. In large part because the folks gathered around the table just finished talking about how they did not plan on watching the prime time address from the Oval Office. Also, I believe the uncomfortable laughter might have come from our conversation about hope earlier.
This "Earthrise" photo taken from Apollo 8 in 1968 is among my favorites. (I make no secret of the fact that I'm fascinated by space.) It fits with my image of God. I know some people have very personal imagery of God: walking with Jesus; walking side by side with the Lord; the Good Shepherd. For me God is BIG. I love that this picture was taken on Christmas Eve. It's another reminder that we are a small part of a much larger picture: That God, creator of this vast universe,