Hump Day Hymns: Come, Lord, and Tarry Not

Come, Lord and tarry not; Bring the long-looked-for day; O why these years of waiting here, These ages of delay? Come, for Thy saints still wait; Daily ascends their sigh: The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come”: Dost Thou not hear the cry? Come, for creation groans, Impatient of Thy stay, Worn out with theseContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: Come, Lord, and Tarry Not”

Hump Day Hymns: O Thou from whom all goodness flows

O Thou from whom all goodness flows, I lift my heart to Thee; In all my sorrows, conflicts, woes, O Lord, remember me. When with a broken, contrite heart, I lift mine eyes to Thee; Thy name proclaim, Thyself impart, In love remember me. In sore temptations, when no way To shun the ill IContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: O Thou from whom all goodness flows”

Hump Day Hymns: If Christ is mine, then all is mine

If Christ is mine, then all is mine, And more than angels know; Both present things and things to come, And grace and glory too. If Christ is mine, let friends forsake, And earthly comforts flee; He, the full source of every good, Is more than all to me. If Christ is mine, unharmed IContinue reading “Hump Day Hymns: If Christ is mine, then all is mine”

Christmas in a train station

One of the crosses that those in pastoral ministry bear, is that we are never able to be with family for the holidays. Holidays are spent with church, with parishioners, with the community of faith. We can certainly celebrate holidays with family, but it is always “Christmas, observed.” For me, Christmas Day is a dayContinue reading “Christmas in a train station”

Is This What it is Like?

I spent about two and a half hours yesterday over a sausage and pepperoni pizza and a steaming cup of black coffee. I was with another pastor. I, just finishing my first year as a pastor and he, coming into his last year as a pastor. I was able to express some of my painsContinue reading “Is This What it is Like?”

…God First Loved Us

I had the privilege of administering my first baptism yesterday.  It was an infant who was recently born of one of the families in our congregation. It was a wonderful celebration of the sacrament of baptism.  The liturgy is beautiful, the child was adorable and dressed in this lovely white dress.  She fussed a littleContinue reading “…God First Loved Us”

A Cross in my Hand

I have a cross which is designed to be held in one’s hand. It was given to me when I was installed as pastor and teacher at my church. It has rounded corners and it is smooth to the touch.  It is unfinished and it is designed to absorb the oils from hands over time.Continue reading “A Cross in my Hand”

The Idea of Brokenness is Great…

I like the idea of brokenness. I like thinking and talking about the fact that the church is a place for broken people, where broken people can be accepted and loved. I like Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” and all that. I say that I like the idea of brokenness, because theContinue reading “The Idea of Brokenness is Great…”

Striving With God

It has been some time since we have received any amount of actual rainfall, and when added to the unseasonably hot temperatures, this creates a situation in which plants struggle to survive and farmers lose significant portions of their crops.  The health department has been recommending that people stay inside air conditioning and not exertContinue reading “Striving With God”