Monthly Archives: September 2013

Autumn Prayer

It’s autumn, that time of year when the mums are in bloom. Pumpkins, corn sheaves, and hay bales decorate front yards. It’s also that time of year when, once again, Congress is wrestling with the budget for the new fiscal year. And the deadline for raising the debt limit is approaching. It seems like the… Read more

Traveling Mercies

Anne Lamott, in her book Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, writes that grace “is unearned love – the love that goes before, that greets us on the way.” (page 139) Last week, we hosted seven students from Northwestern University who were in Weakley County on an alternative student break. Monday through Thursday they worked… Read more

The Potter

On Sunday, potter David McBeth helped bring Jeremiah 18:1-12 to life. He explained how he works with the clay, lifting and forming it. During the sermon, he created several bowls from a single, large lump of clay. He shared the following poem by his friend Jack Troy, who also is a potter and writer. Containment… Read more

Hospitality

Have you ever thought of hospitality as a vocation? Theologian Paul Wadell in his essay “Toward a Welcoming Congregation” asserts that “Hospitality is the vocation of every Christian.” Wadell describes hospitality as the “way out of the despair of our age.” A Christian who practices hospitality “chooses love over fear and trust over suspicion.” Through… Read more