Sharing God’s Soul: A Homily for the Day of Judgement

I have always identified with the goats more than with the sheep.

Sharing God’s Soul

Homily for the Day of Judgement

by

Margaret D. McGee

It was with no joy that I saw I had been assigned to preach on the last Sunday before Advent. I actively disliked the assigned gospel lesson, a depiction of the Day of Judgement in which the good sheep are separated from the bad goats.

And if I didn’t want to preach about heaven and hell, my main alternative would be to wrestle with the day’s theme of “Christ the King,” another religious metaphor that doesn’t do much for me.

So I ended up sticking with the sheep and the goats. [Read more…]

What Am I Waiting For Today?

A Meditation for Advent

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
     more than those who watch for the morning,
     more than those who watch for the morning. 

                           —Psalm 130: 5-6

What am I waiting for today?

To be reborn myself, of course. As always. To emerge from this brittle cocoon of impatience and doubt. To open new wings and fly. [Read more…]

Prayers for New Beginnings

Responsive prayers by Thomas Robb, for use on Advent I, or during the Green Season at the start of a new year of programming.

 

I beg you pray with me this morning for all of the various spiritual leaders of the world, and particularly the clergy of our church whose tasks so often resemble herding cats. [Read more…]

Awake to Life

Advent Garden GoddessAwake to Life

A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

by
Margaret D. McGee

So we make full circle and return again to the beginning, to Advent, the opening of a new year in the life of faith. The season when, around the world, hearts break open for the coming of the Christ child. A season when even our own rather damp, gray world may be revealed as the best and only place to hold the birth of love, life, and light. [Read more…]