Baptismal Names

This summer at our All Church Retreat, we baptized a young man who happens to be transgender. He was able to claim the name he wanted to claim when he was baptized because he had not been baptized as an infant, with another name. Two other members of the church were also there at the…

Lent Prayer (Day 4)

Today’s prayer prompt from Rachel Hackenberg encourages us to play with metaphor and begins with Jesus’ lament in Luke 13:34 (NRSV): “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her…

Commissioning Prayer

This prayer is a version of a prayer I have used at a service of Installation for a new pastor. A version of this was originally prayed over me as I was ordained at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque in 2008. I used this version in a worship service on the RevGalBlogPals cruise this past…