My college motto is vox clamantis in deserto, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. It suits a college whose fame includes being the setting for the movie Animal House. Cry out in playful poetry. Cry out in inebriated bombast. Cry out amid the lone pines of New Hampshire.
For the first five years of my ministry, I served a small church
bereft of young children. Christmas presented the perfect opportunity to delve
into the mystery of the incarnation; our Christmas Eve services dripped with
candle wax and Christology.
In my new call as an associate pastor at a large suburban
congregation, I'm responsible for the Christmas Eve pageant.
This second volume of Take Our Moments and Our Days covers the liturgical year from Advent through Pentecost. While these morning and evening prayers are designed for group use, allowing space for communal reflection on scripture and singing, they can be adapted for individual use as well.
Houses of worship are thinking about security in new ways in response to mass shootings and extremism. St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which draws about 30,000 to weekend masses, warned parishioners last month about the presence of uniformed and plainclothes police, and it announced a ban on backpacks, baby strollers, and diaper bags in worship. The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that 2015 was the worst year for threats to mosques. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized security training for congregations (AP).