The Quixotic Pastor

Monday, November 20, 2006


OK, starting today and going thru to Sunday the 26th, we Revgalblogpals are making the effort to stop the practice of lurking. When people read through your blog without commenting or otherwise acknowledging they have visited, that is called lurking.

Some lurking is kind of systemic --for instance, I believe my blog is not set up to allow anonymous contacts so, if someone does not have a blog ID of some kind, I don't think they can post a comment to anything I've written. However, I am still in something of a techno-fog around blogging so I could be wrong about that.

But it's nice to know when someone has read your post, and ppb's idea of leaving a blogstone, (o), lets the author know you were there. Or, as someone else suggested, just a "thank you" comment added.

We do indeed have a huge online community here --and there is an abundance of caring and support within it, praise God!

Just knowing that there are lots of people out there who struggle with some of the same things professionally that I do is tremedously helpful. And I am especially grateful for the blogs of our lay ministers, pastor's spouses and students, for the different and much needed perspective they provide.

So I am thinking of the song we sang at both churches yesterday:

I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together.
All who follow Jesus, all around the world, yes, we’re the church together.

The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple,
The church is not a resting place, the church is a people.

We’re many kinds of people with many kinds of faces,
All colors and all ages too, from all times and places.

And when the people gather, there’s singing and there’s praying,There’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes, all of it saying:


  • At 6:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Delurking Week!

  • At 6:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    First comment, yay!

    Blogstone (o)

    You're right, too, that some of the best comments/posts come from the spouses/lay ministers/seminarians. It's easy to get in a rut.

  • At 6:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh, and about the ananymous have your blog set to moderator, so you have approve all comments before they appear as comments. You can change this so that anonymous posters can post and so that the posts don't have to be approved, if you like. Downside is that you will probably get some spammers. Whis is why mine isn't moderated, but I don't allow anonymous posts.

  • At 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    (O) I do like that song... one from my husband's childhood is in the Episcopal hymnal ("I Sing a Song of the Saints of God") is along the same lines...

    Happy Tgving...

  • At 4:05 PM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

    Happy Delurkey!

  • At 3:07 AM , Blogger hipastorzwife2B said...

    What's the title of the song...I don't know that one

  • At 6:43 AM , Blogger Reverend Dona Quixote said...


    The song is called "We Are The Church" which I know from The United Methodist Hymnal [#558]. There's different verses too besides the ones I included ...

    Deb mentioned "I sing a song of the saints of God" which is one I like also.

    Thanks, all y'all [Texan for "all of you"] for stopping by!

  • At 7:16 AM , Blogger revabi said...

    Love you for you.
    So glad you posted the song. I try to get the congregations to sing that where ever I am, but to no avail.

    Happy thanksgiving. I am so glad you are one of my pals. You grace my life so many times.

  • At 7:31 AM , Blogger rev maria said...

    Happy Delurking! I love revgalsblogpals too. It's nice to see my own feelings and struggles reflected and to be able to have conversations where I don't have to spend forever explaining! :-)

  • At 10:00 AM , Blogger Tom in Ontario said...


  • At 1:10 PM , Blogger the reverend mommy said...


    (OK, funny thing -- word verificaiton is hattrix -- which I read as hat tricks. hah. No rabbits in mine!)

    I enjoy reading about other's journeys -- blessings on yours!


  • At 8:13 AM , Blogger QuakerPastor said...

    Thanks for the congrats message! Being a long time Buckeye fan, I know how fleeting this will be. have a great thanksgiving ;)
    (o) QP

  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger Cathy said...

    Hooray for Delurking week. One a great post on how great RGBP group is. Praise be!

  • At 7:54 PM , Blogger 1-4 Grace said...

    Love the words. is it a familar tune?
    Hope you have a great t-day!!!!
    just Say NO to Lurkin'

  • At 9:15 PM , Blogger The Vicar of Hogsmeade said...

    I'm delurked. Happy Thanksgiving. We sing "We are the church" too. The places where they didn't know it, I got the SS teachers to teach it to the children. Then they sang it in worship.

  • At 6:23 AM , Blogger Songbird said...

    The week is almost over, but here I am delurking. Hope it was a good week for you.

  • At 6:38 PM , Blogger terri c said...

    Happy delurking week! (o)

  • At 4:20 PM , Blogger LutheranChik said...

    rIt took me over a week...but I did it! I got to the end of the RevGal blogroll! Happy Delurking!


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