Ministry of accompaniment

As a student, I often supplemented my income by playing piano under instrumental or vocal soloists. I enjoy the chance to carefully listen and adapt to someone’s needs in the moment. I love the teaching and cheer leading roles that often come with the job, and the chance to be part of something absolutely beautiful–without … Continue reading

Last (?) NYG post

Soo…sorry for posting overload today! I didn’t have internet for a few days, and see what happens?? Crazytown, that’s what. I feel like I really cheated all of you by not including videos from the national gathering last time. So here are a few! Rachel Kurtz Hallelujah I first saw Rachel at synod assembly last … Continue reading

Dear Holy Spirit: A somewhat angsty letter

I’ve been told that going through the discernment process toward working in ministry is a bit like a “Holy Spirit roller coaster”—sending you up and down and around curves that you can’t see. It’s terrifying, it’s exciting, it’s sometimes fun. But it’s sometimes downright frustrating when you wish you could just see what’s ahead and … Continue reading

Saturday Sermonette

I meant to post this early, but with the whole National Youth Gathering thing, it didn’t happen. Please forgive. It’s also not Saturday, I realize. Though we can always hope! 😉 Amos 7:7-15 Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29   Welcome to the 1st episode of the Saturday Sermonette series! I hope this is fairly … Continue reading

Citizens with the Saints: #lovelikeJesus

I didn’t grow up Lutheran; I didn’t participate in youth group; my confirmation class was a grand total of 3 months in my 7th grade year; my only “mission trips” was a one day event in Chicago as part of confirmation and a weekend service retreat in Chile. I’m still kind of amazed that I … Continue reading

Short Term Mission Trips: What’s the true cost?

It’s summer, so for those of us who work with youth, it’s mission trip season. After months of recruiting, planning, and fundraising, we’re almost there. But what’s the cost of these trips? The planning committee and parents can tell you exactly how much they are paying for these experiences–often thousands of dollars per person. I … Continue reading

Thanksgiving in July

Background music Confession of the day: I am a liturgigeek. I love the liturgical calendar, the rhythms and the rituals, the traditions, and the stability that it provides in my life. Now we’re in ordinary time, one of those 33-34 weeks that isn’t Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter. When we’re in those seasons other than ordinary time, … Continue reading

Doing some disclaiming

Background music In my paid job, I teach people to evaluate information. Should you believe statistics from a site called city data, or from the US Census Bureau? Is information here true?* The standard guidelines say to look at who wrote it and that person’s publication history and/or credentials. In academia, we put a lot … Continue reading

Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Welcome! Bienvenidos! In Uncategorized on July 5, 2012 by rmslough Edit My name is Rachel, and I am passionate about helping people challenge, nurture, and develop their faith. I also guest blog at Bible Dude, ELC Reflections, and Soul Munchies. I am active with various ministries in the La Crosse Area Synod and English Lutheran Church. I love playing electric violin, teaching, and volunteering with middle … Continue reading