Sunday Pastoral Prayer

What a wilderness road this is, O God our God.
You call us to engage its mysteries, its challenges,
and its unexpected encounters — and we call you
to guide us and to be with us along this journey.

No matter how far we wander, how wild the wilderness,
whether our days feel easy or our lives feel burdened,
you are our hope, our praise, and our satisfaction.
In gratitude, we name our joys before…

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There's a Woman in the Pulpit

There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

I’m excited to announce the publication in April of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor (SkyLight Paths Publishing)

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

It was a joy to edit this collection of stories and prayers written by me and over 50 of my colleagues who are members of RevGalBlogPals. We represent 14…

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Saturday Prayer

“Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.

The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” – 1 John 4:20-21

How long, O Lord, how long?

This has been a week where the anger and rage about injustice…

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11th Hour Preacher Party: Thankful for You Edition

11th Hour Preacher Party: Thankful for You Edition

RevGals took a traditional “pheeto” at Big Event Edinburgh.

Dear RevGals and Pals,

The apostle Paul wrote, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.” (Romans 17:8)

I thank God for all of you, and the way we come together week in and week out, to talk about the word we will proclaim, to offer one another encouragement, to…

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Friday Five: "spring"board edition

Last week the clergy of our diocese were together for an annual gathering. It’s a time for refreshment and reconnection, as well as forming new friendships and connections. The refreshment part of the experience often inspires a renewed fervor to pursue or complete things left undone in various quarters of my life. In conjunction with Eastertide, all things feel new.

As part of that renewal I…

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Thursday Prayer

O God,
O Spirit,
O Christ,

Help me today to listen. Even more than usual. Even more than yesterday.

Help me to listen to voices usually silenced. Help me to listen to voices I put down. Help me to listen to those who have no voice. Help me to listen to those whose voices were taken from them. Help me to listen to those who disagree with me. Help me to listen to those who call me out. Help me to…

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RevGalBookPals: Preacher Breath

Today we have a guest review of one RevGal’s book by another RevGal!


Author’s note: Though a letter is certainly not a traditional format for a book review, it’s my chosen method for this one. In the preface of her new book, Preacher Breath, Kyndall Rothaus begins by inviting readers to think of her book as a conversation. “Write me a letter when you’re finished reading,” she suggests. So I…

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Narrative Lectionary: Something to Write Home About (Romans 1:1-17)

Narrative Lectionary: Something to Write Home About (Romans 1:1-17)

Saint Paul as portrayed by Rembrandt (Public Domain)

The Narrative Lectionary continues our tour through stories of the early church, energized by the power of the resurrection.  The previous two weeks, the Narrative Lectionary has looked at the story of the early church through the lens of Acts, and this week the frame shifts to the church in Rome. Read the text 


Read Working Preacher’s…

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The Pastor is Political - On Being an Outsider at the OB/GYN and in the Sanctuary

The Pastor is Political – On Being an Outsider at the OB/GYN and in the Sanctuary

There’s one major thing that makes me seriously uncomfortable at the gynecologist’s office… beyond the usual testings and procedures.

I’m truly uneasy with all of the wall photographs of babies delivered by the doctors that are posted in the office.  The collage of pictures take approximately a quarter to a fifth of the wall space in the waiting room, and no matter where one may sit, a patient’s…

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Monday Prayer 

Holy God it is Monday again

and my heart is full of the sorrow that comes from watching the news Only you know how many souls came home  from a mountaintop from a mountain village from a Holy Site from a crowded city from a falling building  from a collapsing home…. just as, only you know how many arrived from the deep, cold waters of the Mediterranean O God of all creation so many souls so many…

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Narrative Lectionary: Change-of-Heart Edition

Scripture and Working Preacher commentary by Eric Barreto can be found here

My first encounter with this passage took place almost twenty years ago, shortly after I joined the Presbyterian (PCUSA) church where I was serving as Director of Christian Education. I knew something interesting was coming when I saw that the bulletin cover, instead of having the usual pen-and-ink drawing of the church…

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Saturday Prayer

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

Compel me to rest atop lush green pastures, rain-soaked and dewy, sprouting anew after a long winter’s freeze.

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

Usher me alongside peaceful seas, quiet and calming.

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.


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11th Hour Preacher Party: Shepherds or Wolves Edition

11th Hour Preacher Party: Shepherds or Wolves Edition

Some people have already begun work on their sermons for this week. Imagine that! There are helpful pointers and discussion on the NL and on the RCL from the Tuesday Lectionary posts

Are you trying to find that new angle on sheep, shepherds and the Kingdom? Or are you wrestling with that age old question of inclusion and authority. Can you really trust someone who comes late to the party such…

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Thursday Prayer

Today, the sun came out. The sun came out and it was a cool walkable morning. The dog snuggled up and the sun came out and it was a cool walkable morning. My body jumped up, okay, fine it lumbered up, and I woke up the kid, leashed up the dog, and stepped outside into the sun on a cool walkable morning.

And it was a gift. A gift I thank you for, O God.

For as I stepped, I realized, there is so…

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Ask the Matriarch: Body Odors

Ask the Matriarch: Body Odors

What’s that smell?  And it’s not pleasant. What’s a pastor to do? Or say? Or not. Here’s this week’s question:

Dear Matriarchs ~~

I wonder if any of you have ever had this situation: Sometimes I encounter a woman who smells overwhelmingly of urine. One was an elderly woman at church. Another time, the woman was a 50-ish professional woman, not from my church, at a church-related event.

As women…

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Earth Day Prayer

Good morning, my God!

Where I live, there is sun and cool and birdsong. Storms expected in the afternoon. Rain in its season.

It is Earth Day.

Where others live, it is horror and dust and murder and bombing and beheading

Oil spills



and it is Earth Day

My only hope is in You

and in this Earth Day Baby Girl (at breakfast)

Born exactly one year ago

May she and her sisters one day…

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Saturday Prayer


Calm in the midst of chaos.  Steadying in the midst of swaying.  Trust in the midst of turmoil.


A remembrance to breathe when anxiety causes one to forget.  A remembrance to give thanks when circumstances make doing so seem like a lofty goal.  A remembrance to allow for awe when conditions cloud one’s vision of the wonder all around.


Emmanuel.  God with us. Presence that…

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Friday Five: Taxing edition

Hi! I’m Cindi Knox, and I regularly write for The Pastoral Is Political. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have a guest spot on the Friday Five today!

In the USA, April 15 is the day that income tax filings are due. The forms are somewhat complicated, and can be quite frustrating at times. Every year, many Americans work on their returns on the very last day, hoping to get them into the…

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