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I started blogging in 2004, thinking no one was reading. On this blog you will find sermons, liturgy (both RCL and Narrative Lectionary), prayers and worship dramas, as well as personal stories about family, pets, knitting and my experience of coming out as a midlife mom and pastor.

Ordained in the United Church of Christ in Maine in 2002, I have served churches of diverse size and situation as both a settled and intentional interim pastor. I am the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals, an ecumenical ministry providing support and resources to clergywomen around the world and across and beyond denominations. I’m proud to be the editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals web ring.

I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wife, who is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. Together we have four children, two cats, and a lively lab mix named Teddy.

Teddy roots for the Nats.
Teddy roots for the Nats.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Victoria Meyers

    Oh Martha, thank you so much – really from the bottom of my heart for this most recent post about “Old Wive’s Tales”!!!! I cannot tell you how important I think your message is! I’ve shared with everyone I know. You’ve said perfectly what the rest of us can’t articulate! You are amazing! Thank you again for saying what I could not!!!

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  2. Jess Doughty

    Martha- I am so grateful for the many gifts your words bring to me. The inspiration I find in your story and your interpretation of the timeless stories of our faith are, quite simply, what I desperately need right now as I seek the peace I know God wants for me. Thank you, and I thank God for you.

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  4. Reed Hopkins

    Hey, Martha! Greetings from a fellow Project Plus resident from W&M.

    I’m now a pastor of Loch Willow Presbyterian Church in Churchville, VA.
    We’ve just finished the spring quarter of The Present Word in our adult Sunday School class, and week after week, the students and teachers kept saying things like, “I really like the way this writer puts things.” I’ve never heard them comment like that on any quarter’s lessons.
    You really made an impression on them. And I had to brag, saying, “I knew her when we were younger.”

    Thank you for your work, and God bless you.

    Reed Hopkins

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    1. Reed, thank you so much for passing along their kind words. I always worry that people who knew me at W&M will remember an underachieving dreamer who minored in playing Bridge. It’s nice to get another chance to make a more positive impression.
      Blessings on your ministry,
      Martha

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  5. Burnetta

    I would love to have permission to use Narrative Lectionary Advent Wreath liturgies in my small, Presbyterian (USA) churches in Millersburg, OH. I couldn’t find your email to ask that way🙂

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