Preaching on Stewardship- December 1, 2019- First Sunday of Advent

Each week on the blog I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the First Sunday of Advent are as follows: Sunday December 1, 2019: Revised Common Lectionary- First Sunday of Advent (Year A) First Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122 … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- December 1, 2019- First Sunday of Advent

Wait for the Lord- an Advent devotional for Dec. 15, 2017

This Advent season I am going to reflect on a hymn or carol daily as part of my spiritual practices. I am not sure where all these reflections will take me, but in conversation with my spiritual director, I am going to leave room for both “the head stuff” and “the heart stuff.” Some days might be more of one or another. I invite you … Continue reading Wait for the Lord- an Advent devotional for Dec. 15, 2017

Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 4, 2017

This Advent season I am going to reflect on a hymn or carol daily as part of my spiritual practices. I am not sure where all these reflections will take me, but in conversation with my spiritual director, I am going to leave room for both “the head stuff” and “the heart stuff.” Some days might be more of one or another. I invite you … Continue reading Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 4, 2017

Hope, Connect, Go: A Stewardship Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

It was a joy to be back with the good people of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah, Nebraska. Thank you friend and Pastor Tyler Gubsch for the invitation to help kick off an Advent series on stewardship. The sermon was based in part on the appointed readings for Advent 1B in the lectionary, especially: Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. What follows is … Continue reading Hope, Connect, Go: A Stewardship Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 3, 2017

This Advent season I am going to reflect on a hymn or carol daily as part of my spiritual practices. I am not sure where all these reflections will take me, but in conversation with my spiritual director, I am going to leave room for both “the head stuff” and “the heart stuff.” Some days might be more of one or another. I invite you … Continue reading Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah- an Advent Devotional for Dec. 3, 2017

Greet- Day 7 of Advent

During Advent this year, I will be reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 5th was #Greet.  Yesterday morning pastors, staff, and other ministry professionals from the southern portion of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gathered for an Advent Eucharist service with the bishop at the church I am serving. One of the … Continue reading Greet- Day 7 of Advent