I have found myself blessed to have had the opportunity lately to do a lot of work on my spirituality in the last year or so. I have been guided in this by some beautiful mentors including Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, Dorothy Day, Ian Cron, Suzanne Stabile, Joan Chittister, and many others. I have grown in my relationship with my wife in deep and powerful ways. I have become a far better father than I even thought I’d be capable of; certainly more patient and loving then I ever knew how to be before. I owe much of this growth in spirituality and self understanding to the Enneagram and would welcome any and all inquiries you might have about that tool. As my spirituality and theology have grown so too has my political understanding as well. I find myself increasingly radicalized. My faith can allow no less than a complete overhaul of most of our political and economic systems. I understand the USA to be a captured political system that is essentially an oligarchy. The only way to fix this is to undo Citizens United and get all money out of politics. I also understand both the Democratic and Republican parties to captured by neoliberal/neoconservative right-wing interests whose primary purpose is to distract the population with culture wars while ensuring the wealthy, landed (frankly, nobility) class remains in power.
I have also come to understand that one of the ways my “personality” (I am an ONE on the Enneagram) exerts itself is in a desire to understand problems in order to fix them and then share that understanding/solution with others. Guess what the new direction this blog is going to be going in is? 🙂 Going forward, this will be a place for me to share what I am learning about the Enneagram, theology, parenting, relationships, pastoring, politics, economics, and the intersection of these things. I will, at some point, better organize the Narrative Lectionary resources in a clearly labeled section of this site. I will also try to clearly organize and label the topics of my various posts so you can peruse what you might be more interested in and ignore other things (though if I challenge you, don’t ignore that!).
Color: Green Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 5C Psalm Text: Psalm 90:14-17 Sermon Text: Luke 5:1-11 Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13); 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord Jesus of fisher folk, you taught your disciples to cast a wide net — not for fish, but for people. Teach us the fishing craft. Make our fingers nimble so we may handle hearts and hands gently; make our minds quiet and patient while we wait for those who are not yet ready to receive you; and make our hearts hungry for your word, for the sake of the one who has captured our hearts already, Jesus Christ. Amen. Helpful Resources: RevGalPals, re:Worship, SermonWriter, TextWeek, BibleHub, Word&World
Psalm Text: Psalm 113 Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-45 [46-56] (Jesus’ Birth Announced) Other Text Suggestions: Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 Prayer of the Day (WP): Father God, there is no miracle as grand as birth. As we prepare for the coming of your son, Jesus, create in us new life. Transform us so that we may reflect the light of your son, and become beacons of goodness, kindness, compassion, generosity, honesty, patience, and peace, for the sake of the one whose name brings deliverance and life to all the world, Jesus Christ, infant king. Amen. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, TextWeek, Word & World, Sermon Writer, BibleHub
Gospel Text: Luke 4:16-21 Sermon Text: Isaiah 61:1-11 (Spirit of the Lord Upon Me) Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Prayer of the Day (WP): Spirit of the Lord God, you bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and release the prisoners. You comfort all who mourn, and shower your people with the oil of gladness instead of mourning; a mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. We will greatly rejoice in the Lord, our whole being shall exult in God, for the sake of the one who brought righteousness to life, Jesus Christ our salvation. Amen. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Gospel Text: Luke 11:13 Sermon Text: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 (Joel: God’s Promised Spirit) Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 65, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving Lord, when we have strayed, you have called us to come home to you. “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.” With all our hearts we return to you, and gratefully accept your gentle love, for the sake of the one whose spirit lives in us, Jesus Christ our loving savior. Amen. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Gospel Text: Luke 23:1-5 Sermon Text: Daniel 6:6-27 (Daniel’s Hope in God) Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 25, Romans 5:1-8 Prayer of the Day (WP): God of deliverance, you rescued Daniel from the mouths of the lions when he was punished for worshiping you. Liberate all who are endangered for the sake of their faith, and rescue us from anything that separates us from worshiping only you, for the sake of the one who made your name known to all people, across land and seas, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub