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Out of Practice

Hazel, wondering what’s going on: is Mama actually writing a (gasp) blog post?!? A photo posted by Erica Schemper (@eschemper) on Feb 9, 2016 at 10:22am PST This Lent, instead of taking something away I’m going to add. And take something away, sort of. I miss the golden age of blogging (which, in my universe, [...]

Easter according to the Syrian Doctor

On this particular Easter, in a year when you’ve been hearing from the Good News from the Gospel of Luke, here’s a way you might might help bring good news. Luke, as Maren Tirabissi reminds us, was a Syrian doctor. Earlier this year, she wrote: Go ahead and say it out loud, all this lectionary [...]

Linking the way through the week: We All Fall Short…

A few links that are about the fact that nobody’s perfect. While folding laundry last week, I made my way through the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America. You should watch it. Even if you are among the many women (and, for that matter, men) who would rather not use the term “feminist” as [...]

Humility: It’s Not Just for Catholics

I’ve been following the papal election with interest because I have more in common with Catholics than I don’t. In other words, Protestants and Catholics disagree with each other on a relatively small percentage of doctrinal points. It’s just that this small percentage makes the most noise. So I’m praying for them and their process. [...]

Prayer at the Dressing of the Six Year Old

Based on a Celtic prayer to be prayed while one dresses. Bless to her, O God, her body and her soul; Bless to me, O God, my faith that other parents will not judge; Bless to me, O God, my speech (that I may not say, “You’re wearing THAT?!?”), and Bless to me, O God, [...]

Poetry Prayer: Stay at Home Reverend Goes Modern

The Stay at Home Reverend also has a handy undergraduate degree in English. So she can get all arty with her prayers. Inspired by e. e. cummings…. i thank You God for this most amazing day:for the high spirits of my children and the shrill clear sound of their squeals for every time (twice today) [...]

“Mary Speaks”

Mary’s song, the Magnificat, from Luke 1, as portrayed in the St. John’s Bible. Music shapes our theology. Especially, often, the words that we sing. When I was a student pastor, one of my congregants told me that he’d absconded with a church hymnal. He’d kept it for years in the back of his truck, [...]

Stay at Home Reverend: Morning Prayer from a Six Inch Sliver of the Parental Bed

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I thank you, O Heavenly Father, that you have kept me from all evil and harm this night…and done so as well for the two children and two cats (indeed, everything in my home that has life and breath, this being the reason [...]

Things I missed about the Midwest

(The blog has hit a slow patch because the kiddos and I are in Chicago cramming in some intensive family time…in the meanwhile…) Things I missed about the Midwest, mostly the small stuff. The cold, no really, because it makes you treasure the warmth in a whole different way. Houses that are insulated and heated [...]

Stay at Home Reverend: A Prayer for Safety

O God of adventure, You called Abram and Sarai to journey to a new place; You summoned Moses to climb the heights of Sinai to see your face; You empowered David to face a giant; You led Paul to go to places where he was not welcome; and by your merciful hand, they were all [...]

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