Posts by Martha Brunell

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December Roses

by Martha Brunell

When I first lived in Saint Louis in 1978, I was stunned to find November roses blooming at the botanical garden. In my northeastern childhood home, there were numerous rose bushes in the yard, but none of them blossomed very deeply into autumn. Temperatures were simply too cold. On December 2, 1980, four Catholic Church […]

Patch

by Martha Brunell

Late in the afternoon of Ash Wednesday.  Linda was setting up books on the bookcase up front for our Bookcase Project collection.  I had hauled over several armloads of props to create an intimate worship circle for evening worship in our Gathering Area.  I was rearranging tables and chairs to allow enough space in front […]

Facets of Stillness

by Martha Brunell

Her call came at an interesting time.  Katie, the young reporter from the Daily Chronicle, was preparing to write a piece a few days ago on upcoming plans in area churches for the observance of Lent.  I couldn’t talk with her just then.  I had pulled into someone’s driveway where I was due for a […]

And The Table Widens

by Martha Brunell

The word Bethlehem means “house of bread.”  The manger, an animals’ feeding trough, is prominent in the Bethlehem story of Jesus’ birth.  Having a Bethlehem Table, covered with edible contributions from many of us, is an important Christmas Eve practice for me.  At such a table, the tradition goes on of being both those who […]

Finding Christmas

by Martha Brunell

Christmas has been a working holiday since I was a child.  My parents were both teachers, but my father also always played a church organ and directed a choir somewhere.  We never missed a Christmas Eve service.  They were all carefully tape recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder and had to be listened […]

In Remembrance

by Martha Brunell

Our Advent/Christmas/Epiphany worship and special events are threaded together with the theme All Creatures Great and Small.  We are listening to and being led by the animals in this season’s story, those we know about and those we can imagine in, domesticated and wild.  This past Sunday, Advent 3, the Sunday of Joy, featured an intergenerational […]

How I Spend My Winter Break

by Martha Brunell

I want to tell you about one of the best days of the Christmas season.  It happens a couple of days before Winter Break, but it is one the of the BEST DAYS EVER! For the last 4 years on the Tuesday before Christmas, along with my family and many friends, we spend the day […]

An Advent Choice

by Martha Brunell

My younger daughter Molly was born on Thursday, December 4, 1986, 28 years ago this past Thursday.  It was the fifth day of the first week in Advent, a busy time on church calendars.  Following the example of her older sister, she arrived promptly on her due date.  I had worked diligently that fall to […]

This Is Stewardship

by Martha Brunell

Somewhere between 10-15 people showed up at church last Saturday and during the week before to clean out gutters, rake leaves, wash windows, straighten cupboards, and bring some order to the rear entry of our building.  This is one example of stewardship. A few more people oversaw the pick-up of Butter Braids ordered during our […]

As Darkness Gathers

by Martha Brunell

This is such a fleeting time of year.  The tree that looked like a pillar of light, as the poet Mary Oliver would say, just a yesterday or two ago, is suddenly stripped of every leaf on a windy, wet day.  The sun sets quickly as evening approaches. A field in which crops have been […]