A Pew Perspective

Sneaking in the back door during the opening hymn, I was trying to remember if I had ever worshipped at my church on Sunday morning in a pew. I probably had—just couldn’t remember. Usually, I was up front in the chancel area with the other worship leaders—reading scripture, praying, giving an offertory meditation or occasionally…

Time in the Garden

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year as daylight lingers longer in the evenings, and wildflowers pop out on hillsides. The change in weather even motivated me to get out in the yard recently to do some work. I spent a couple of afternoons pulling weeds in a flowerbed and trimming back…

Purpose Weekend

After two hours of a surprisingly quiet drive (at least in my van), twenty-one students and nine leaders arrived at Pine Cove Shores in Tyler, Texas. Students spilled out of vans, excited and slightly nervous for the two day retreat we had ahead of us. We were meeting up with two other UMCs from the…

Consistency Through Change

“The only thing that is constant is change.” -Heraclitus This quote is not at all comforting to me. If I’m being completely honest, it creates worry and anxiety for me (mixed with a little bit of excitement on occasion). This Socrates quote: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on…

Thoughts While Roaming

You have probably noticed over the last few years that each Sunday we have one of our clergy “roaming” during the morning instead of participating in the leadership of worship. Whenever this is my responsibility for the morning I often hear, “Oh! You are off this morning!” If this has been you, I know you…

Bigger than Ourselves

One of the things I absolutely love about being a United Methodist is our connectional system.  Often when I meet a new person who happens to be United Methodist, we get to talking and end up having many different points of connection with different people. The comment is usually made, “What a small world!” and…

Sacred Family Time

At 5 and 7, my daughters know that I don’t have a “normal” job. Their mom goes to work in the morning and makes it home before dinner every Monday-Friday. For the most part, when she’s not at work, she really doesn’t have to do anything for work because at 5 p.m. the business ceases…

Slowing Down

How is it that the calendar seems to fill up so quickly?!  I carry mine with me in my phone so I can update it as necessary and reference it often to see what is planned for the day and the week ahead.  It’s even color coded: purple for church related activities and meetings, yellow…