Worship From Home: February 7, 2021

Here is the video and the sermon podcast for the February 7 worship service from First Christian St. Paul. Continue reading Worship From Home: February 7, 2021

Worship From Home: January 31, 2021

Here is the video and the sermon podcast for the January 31 worship service from First Christian St. Paul. Continue reading Worship From Home: January 31, 2021

Damage Report!

Like a lot of congregations, First Christian has been worshipping apart since March. It’s been going okay, though I’m glad I had some skills in video editing before this all hit. I wanted to share with you a sample from last week’s service. The first is a video from the sermon by my friend Rob. The second is yours truly giving the prayer. If you want to see the full video, go over to the church website. I hope it’s good news to your soul. Continue reading Damage Report!

Why We Worship

One of my first memories is being a kindergartener at St. Agnes Catholic School in my hometown of Flint, Michigan.  We would line up and leave the school building to enter the church building.  The sanctuary was wonderland for five-year-old me.  Banners were placed at the front of room indicating what time of the liturgical year it was or to help us give praise to God.  It was 1975, so this was when the Catholic folk mass was in high gear.  The whole experience was exciting and I wanted to come back. I couldn’t say that about my regular church. … Continue reading Why We Worship

Tragic Church?

An interesting meditation on the role of the tragic in life of Christian worship and in modern culture: The problem with much Christian worship in the contemporary world, Catholic and Protestant alike, is not that it is too entertaining but that it is not entertaining enough. Worship characterized by upbeat rock music, stand-up comedy, beautiful people taking center stage, and a certain amount of Hallmark Channel sentimentality neglects one classic form of entertainment, the one that tells us, to quote the Book of Common Prayer, that “in the midst of life we are in death.” It neglects tragedy. Tragedy as … Continue reading Tragic Church?

Repost: Autism and Contemplative Worship

From the summer of 2012. In this post I share how a contemplative worship experience can be a benefit to those with autism. Last night at church we held our first Summer Evening Worship. As many of you know, First Christian shares space with a UCC congregation and a Lutheran congregation. I shared an idea with the pastor of the Lutheran church about having a contemplative worship service during the summer and she took to the idea. We decided to do service based on Prayers Around the Cross, a contemplative worship service designed by Lutheran musicians at Holden Village in … Continue reading Repost: Autism and Contemplative Worship

Autism and the Ministry

From the blog, Autistic Me: Following a panel discussion I was asked if my autistic traits made me a better teacher. I replied, “No. They are a disadvantage for much of what I teach.” The mother asking the question was puzzled. I don’t believe I offered the answer she wanted. This led me to ponder the question and the answer further. I teach a literature-writing course this semester, “The Study of the Essay.” The course is a survey of major essayists and requires students to write personal essays and reflections weekly. The essay is by nature an author’s attempts to … Continue reading Autism and the Ministry