Passion Sunday Petitions

Lifting our voices and turning toward God, let us pray for the church, the earth, and all who are in need.

A time of silence.

Lord of compassion, as we the people of your family, the church, conclude our Lenten journey with the walk through Jerusalem to the cross, help us to understand that Jesus’ pain and […]

Ash Wednesday Petitions

Creator God,  we who stand before you are dust,    and to dust we shall return. But you have breathed into our lips your Holy Breath, so we are also … yours. Help us this Lent to come alive to your Spirit within us. Break down the walls around our souls with which we shut out […]

Lenten Devotions Project

Lent is a time of renewal of faith. This year, 2016, the pastors and members of three Lutheran congregations in DeKalb and Sycamore, Illinois, joined together to produce a devotional booklet for the season. The them is “In the Breaking of the Bread,” inspired by the powerful story of Jesus, making himself known to discouraged […]

The Healing Power of Dogs and Our Prayer in the Press

Louisville, my team, was on the floor, locked in an epic battle with Michigan for the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship. It was a glorious struggle, but the competition was so keen that, by halftime, my heart was racing.

            I was, after all, in the middle of my own dramatic struggle against the powers of […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope Shows Forth the Work of God

At our bonfire of greens we sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and other songs. Photo by John

The day and season of Epiphany is a celebration of the many ways God’s work is manifest in our lives. (The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek for “show forth.”)

Here at Heatherhope we have an simple annual […]

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Midsummer Night's Fest Closing Litany

Midsummer Night’s Fest
Closing Celtic Blessings

This litany is a compilation of segments of “Night Shieldings” found in Carmina Gadelica, a collection of hymns, prayers and incantations from the Scottish Highlands and Islands by Alexander Carmichael, slightly adapted for the occasion of our first Midsummer Night’s Fest at Heatherhope Farm.

(Pray slowly and please pause between sections.)

 

We are […]

Dressed to Impress or Clothed with Christ?

Reflections on Galatians 3:23-29
Pentecost 4 C

 “Are you going out looking like that?” 

That’s what my mom used to holler at me as I was going out the door dressed in my normal hodgepodge way.

Our family didn’t believe in putting on airs, but even we had our standards, and I often pushed the edges of those.

Our lives […]

Here I Am

While we busy ourselves with religion, God is in the midst of life saying, “Hey! Here I […]

Devotion Used for Meet and Greet the Lambs

The people gathered for the Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at Heatherhope joined in this […]