Monday, November 26, 2018

The Retired Life For Me

Just found the following post that didn’t post... I need to be looking at Advent II now, for a preaching Sunday at the Washington City COB. I will likely preach occasionally at Bethel UCC in 2019. I haven’t wanted to preach there since they moved into the building with ACOB. But that time will come and I will scoot out as soon as I’m done. I am happy to lead worship without the responsibility of being a lead pastor. As many of my colleagues would tell you, there is a major difference in the ‘weight’ of being a pastor that has been lifted from my shoulders. Now I am responsible for child care for my granddaughter weekdays. And I’m loving it! Just found a calendar from my daughter’s first year that has all her milestones in it, ear infections, and notes. What fun to compare. From October, 2018 My retired life has me (us- wi h hubby, thankfully) spending long lovely days caring for our grandchild while parents are at work. It will either wear us out or keep us young. I’m hoping for the later. A few preaching invites come my way. I’m not anxious to preach but enjoy the not too often opportunity. So, this morning, looking ahead I reviewed the texts for October 7. Whew, it’s the kind of week I used to look at and consider taking the week off! The congregation where I will supply preach doesn’t demand lectionary adherence so I have an out that way. What do you do when you read the texts and groan? Preach on divorce? Tackle the creation story from Genesis 2? Explain the high and lofty language of Hebrews opener with its theology? Commiserate with Job as God lturns over” control to the devil

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In Need of Pentecost

I posted this on Facebook, but it is one of which I need reminding.
The joy of Pentecost is that it gives us a vision and hope for a community made possible through the work of the Spirit. This miracle involves being open to the shocking and surprising ways of the Spirit, which empowers us to reach across differences in order to experience radical and insurgent communions.”

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/critical-essay/we-need-pentecost

I am as partisan as anyone and it is hard to be accepting of those with whom I RADICALLY disagree on almost everything. AND yet, that is where the Spirit does its work, in me!

Nancy

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sundays in retirement

I’m missing church. AND I’m giving into fear.
I’m still on crutches and I fell early on due to water on the floor. So when it’s raining or snowing, I don’t go out unless I have a doctor’s appointment that I can’t reschedule. So I missed church because I’m afraid of water while on one leg.

The good news, after tomorrow, I get to start putting weight on my leg while locked VERY straight in my leg brace and still using crutches. But it’s something! Means I can do more than grind the coffee in the kitchen. At least a little more. And my withered right leg should show some muscle improvement, also slowly. I’m sure it will be sore too.

So on Sunday, what do I do, I usually turn to the Christian Century magazine. But today I went to a few web sites for churches, christian communities, and speakers I know of. My favorite is
Brian Zahand
https://brianzahnd.com/2014/04/dying-sins-work/
His explanation and critique of ‘atonement theories’ is simple and eloquent. It’s a favorite study topic of mine. When I first began at Arlington COB, I challenged people not to say, “Christ died for my sins.” Unless they could explain it, or cite the atonement theory they were using. The sad part is it silenced people all together. But hopefully made them start thinking about what they were saying. Brian does a great job and he is also a super follow on Twitter.

On the other hand, I visited Bruxy Cavy’s site at “The Meeting House” and found his teaching not to my liking.

 I have heard Bruxy speak in person and really enjoy his powerful yet humble voice. I’ve asked him questions about his organizational plan for the Meeting House and admire the discipleship plan they use, placing higher priority on the small group weekly meeting in homes over the weekly attendance at worship (including satellite sites that project his sermon and worship.) 

In my mind, there is room for alternative ways to God. I have just found the Jesus way to be the ‘best’ from my perspective. Therefore, I encourage others to try it. While I recognize and enjoy the focus on peace and justice that many paths share. 

So what do you think? Do you have time to click on those links and do some quick reading? Neither is long. I’d love to hear your opinion. Not that I expect I have any readers after months of not posting. Perhaps I can get back to preparing something on weekly texts, but I think it will be mid-June before I have enough time to do so. Sad but true. Or maybe I just need to prioritize better. 

Meanwhile, I will soon upload a picture of the joy of my days lately. (After google pictures finished backing up my images for the last 10 years!)

Nancy


Monday, April 2, 2018

Sabbaticals

While I have much to tell about my ski sabbatical that will update my current status Re:knee, this article should be read by all, clergy and lay. So bookmark if is you can for a cup of coffee and some consideration about the way we drive ourselves to work.

https://www.faithandleadership.com/robert-saler-why-dont-i-get-vacation-too-how-talk-about-clergy-sabbaticals

I found it in an Alban newsletter which I also highly recommend.

Until later, (after physical therapy...)

N

Monday, December 18, 2017

Absent without Leave - changing in 2018

Blog friends, I have been absent half of a year and most of the months previous. I hope to change that in 2018. I am retiring! Without a 'pulpit' I hope to share my thoughts on texts and life back here soon.

Lots to do in the last 2 weeks so it is unlikely that I will post prior. BUT, I am also a new grandmother so be prepared for a few baby photos now and then. I'll try not to overwhelm the net waves...

Speaking of net, I wonder if I will be able to afford the eventual layers of pricing that will come with the end to net neutrality.?.  We shall see.

Until 2018.

Nancy

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ready for vacation.

Tomorrow is my last preaching day before vacation. I've been sick all week with a cold and it has really knocked me down. Therefore, I am very ready for vacation. The hard part is trying to maintain focus for one more day. AND thinking about what I should have in place before I go.

Dreamin' of beach days, sleeping in (without being sick), quiet mornings, golf in 'way too hot temps', walks with hubby, reading, and more beach. Is this what retirement is like? Hmmmm

I just don't understand how the weeks AFTER Easter have been so busy. Maybe there is just no difference, except busy and busier! Every once in a while I get a "slow" (relatively speaking) week. I have learned to grab those, not feel guilty, and take a little time. Sure enough they are followed by funerals, crisis and lots of extra work.

I will finish my work for tomorrow. Look at what needs finishing for the next 2 weeks. Then concentrate on what to pack, what to take, what movies to put on my iPad. Ah the good life.

Until later...
Nancy

Monday, April 17, 2017

Church Bullies

Do you have a church bully? (Or more than one?)
Is there such a thing?

You know, a person with good intention, at least we assume so, who always gets their way? Have you looked into the minutes to see if this special "position" rotates among a couple people? Or perhaps just one has seniority..

Or is it that we church people are so sensitive, for our jobs? for people's feelings? to eliminate all confrontation - that we ALLOW the bully to be created?
Bow to their every request.! (It avoids future confrontation)
Anticipate their needs above everyone else's. (Eliminates the late night phone calls, messages on the church machine, or sometimes emails.)
    (I remember a story of one who not only sent Monday morning emails, they sent it to the whole church email list!)

I'm assuming we all have some version of them. I just wonder how much we contribute to their development by our responses. Where and when do you drawn the line? Do you see a bully in development and stop the process? How do you do it?

It seems to be that as much as we promote healthy relationships, this is one that slips by - to our detriment and the congregation's.

What do you think?