Bible Study Week 3 – Thy Kingdom Come

 February 26, 2013

Week 3 – Thy Kingdom Come Royal Psalms Messianic – 2, 18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 89, 101, 110, 132, 144 Canticles – 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122 Hymns of Yahweh’s Kingship – 47, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99 What does it mean to say God is king in our democratic society?  God is […]

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Bible Study Week 2, Holy is thy Name!

 February 19, 2013

Week 2  – Hallowed be thy Name Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving Praise – 8, 19, 29, 33, 100, 103, 104, 111, 113, 114, 117, 135, 136, 145, 146, 147, 148, 140, 150 Thanksgiving – 9, 30, 34, 40, 41, 65, 66, 67, 68, 92, 107, 116, 118, 124, 138                 When we see a […]

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Bible Study Week One – Our Father in Heaven

 February 12, 2013

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY:  Praying the Psalms in Light of the Lord’s Prayer Week 1 – Our Father in Heaven Psalms of confidence and trust 3, 4, 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 115, 121, 125, 129,131 Week 1 of our Bible study begins with the first line of the Lord’s Prayer:  Our Father in Heaven.  This […]

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The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer- Bible Study

 February 5, 2013

The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer Deitrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Psalms: the Prayer Book of the Bible, says:  “All the prayers of Holy Scripture are summarized in the Lord’s Prayer, and are contained in its immeasurable breadth.  They are not made superfluous by the Lord’s Prayer but constitute the inexhaustible richness of the Lord’s […]

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Random Thoughts on Preaching by Catholic Lay Woman

 August 31, 2012

Random Thoughts on Preaching using the Revised Common Lectionary by a Catholic Lay Woman             As a Catholic Lay woman who has never been formally trained in preaching, who am I to preach?  I am not allowed to preach in the Catholic Church, that being reserved to ordained priests and deacons, and yet that is what […]

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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

 June 29, 2012

Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths             Jerusalem: sacred to all three of the major monotheistic faiths, a site of controversy, violence and abuse of the sacred, a place of contradiction.  Karen Armstrong, in her book, Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths, describes thousands of years of history of this city, a history filled with bloodshed.  With […]

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Thanks for the Memories

 January 30, 2012

(This was to have been my last column for Jackson Citizen Patriot however it didn’t get published so I’m posting it here.) Why is it so hard to let go of “stuff.”  I’m not a candidate for the reality show on hoarders.  One can easily walk from room to room in my home with only […]

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St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 January 16, 2012

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm. Welcome New Readers

 January 11, 2012

Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm I’m still in the beginning stages of this venture through the Psalms.  When I look at the entirety of the book, I am overwhelmed.  So many of the same themes are repeated over and over, how will I ever come up with new sermon material for each one?  […]

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Psalm 148 – All Creation Praise the Lord – Happy New Year!

 December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day, 2012 Isaiah 61:10-62:3        Psalm 148        Galatians 4:4-7            Luke 2:22-40 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Why […]

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