Archive for the ‘SECOND THOUGHTS’ Category

Considerably Less Dramatic

Posted by secondchurch on February - 11 - 2019

  On a day when I was feeling a little restless in my work, I visited a closed group on Facebook for women clergy in the United Church of Christ.  I typed this post: “In the book I’ll never write about parish ministry, an entire chapter will be devoted to  [ Read More ]

A time to…

Posted by secondchurch on January - 31 - 2019

For 19 years, I led church work teams to northern Mississippi for a week in Coahoma County with Habitat for Humanity.  My mother was a community organizer there after she retired from teaching.  The first time I ever visited Mississippi was in 1965 when, on a family vacation before interstate  [ Read More ]

The Hard Work

Posted by secondchurch on January - 30 - 2019

I was baptized by my grandfather, an Evangelical and Reformed pastor. It was in the living room of my grandparents’ home in Dixon, Illinois. My parents would have preferred we be baptized in the church in Wisconsin where they were active members, but it meant a great deal to my grandparents so, private,  [ Read More ]

What the Light Reveals

Posted by secondchurch on January - 30 - 2019

As you know, today is the twelfth day of Christmas – the day when one’s true love gave twelve drummers drumming. It already feels as if Christmas is long past, what with the  fiscal year end and the chore of putting away all the Christmas decorations. But in ancient Christian traditions, Christmas  [ Read More ]


Posted by secondchurch on December - 20 - 2018

Luke 1:39-56 December 16, 2018 Carla J. Bailey, Senior Pastor   One of the many things I love about this season is the wild cast of characters we get to meet again, year after year – Marley’s ghost and Scrooge, the Grinch, Rudolph of the red-nosed species, Charlie Brown’s pathetic  [ Read More ]

Pre-Natal Politics

Posted by secondchurch on December - 14 - 2018

Pre-Natal Politics Luke 3:1-6 Carla J. Bailey December 9, 2018 Clergy who regularly deliver children’s sermons on Sunday mornings can all tell of one time or another when, with the microphone on and all the adults paying close attention, a moment with the children goes completely awry.  Usually, this is  [ Read More ]


Posted by secondchurch on December - 2 - 2018

A Funny Kind of King John 18:33-38 November 25, 2018 Carla J. Bailey, Pastor In the Christian liturgical year, today is the last day, the end of the year.  Next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, we begin the church year all over again, reading the texts of warning and  [ Read More ]


Posted by secondchurch on December - 2 - 2018

Remembering Gratitude Deuteronomy 26:1-11 November 18, 2018 Carla J. Bailey, Senior Pastor For some reason, I have been nostalgic for Thanksgivings past, in particular, Thanksgiving-themed worship services.  In my very first church, in a small, dairy farming community in Wisconsin, the Thanksgiving worship experience was most memorable.  I had been  [ Read More ]


Posted by secondchurch on November - 9 - 2018

If You Had Been Here John 11:32-44 All Saints Sunday. November 4, 2018 Carla J. Bailey, Senior Pastor   Yesterday’s rain and blustery winds brought down many of the leaves that didn’t want to believe it was fall yet, so now, this morning, it looks like November.  Both the appearance of  [ Read More ]


Posted by secondchurch on October - 19 - 2018

This Isn’t About You Mark 10:17-31 October 14, 2018 Carla J. Bailey   We’re in an interesting time in our country, in which many more people now know the meaning of the word narcissist than did fifty years ago, or even ten years ago.  Of course, not as many who  [ Read More ]