Advent 12.09.17

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“...Yet, in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light” 

(Phillips Brooks)



Divine Light that touches Bethlehem’s streets and our streets,

Shine a ray of hope in the distressing darkness.

Light a pathway of peace in the shadows of violence.

Illumine a network of love where hate threatens to take hold;

And, let us live in such a way that we reflect your brilliant streams.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Advent 12.08.17

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A prayer after reading Luke 1:26-38


   O Spirit of God,

   present and more astute

   than the obsessive mind of my fear,

   once again you remind me

   that I need not be afraid.

   I need not let fear stifle my passion,

   my drive or eagerness to do something good.



   And so, O God, I boldly ask you

   to guide me beyond my fear

   and into incredibly promising territory,

   so I may be faithful to your call

   and proceed in the direction of positive change.

   I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Advent 12.06.17

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O God, for what do I hope?

I cannot ponder that question enough.

I may hope for things all the time,

But just as quickly as my hopes arise

they seem to flee from my grasp, from my mind.



Where does my hope for peace take me

after I turn off the morning news?

Where does my hope for people’s healing

intersect with my everyday life?

Where does my hope for the earth

wrap around my daily choices?

Where does my hope

for a more compassionate society

take root and grow?



O God of Hope, please help.

Let these desires take up residency in my life,

so they may start to make a difference in this world.



This is my prayer, O God. Amen.

Advent 12.05.17

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A Prayerful Response to Luke 10:21


O God, You grant special favor to the infants of this world—

special favor we once had.

But oh, we do not remember those days.

Upon entering the world of words and facts,

we forgot the wisdom we once held.

Now we cling to what we think of as knowledge

and believe the fiction of our self-sufficiency.



O God, help us recover the wisdom of an infant,

who takes in the world through wide-open eyes

and rests in the presence of love.

Help us revive this newborn intuition,

so we may seek and and once again find

your hidden wonders in this world.

In the name of the Christ child, we pray. Amen.

Easter Sunday 4.16.17

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The Cross

God of Transformation,

We give you thanks for the redemption story

of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

The Invitatory

May we know and grow in your transforming love.

The Cruciform

  1. Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
  2. Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
  3. Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
  4. Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.

The Weeks

You are…

  1. …alive
  2. …living
  3. …present
  4. …with us
  5. …in us
  6. …around us
  7. …here

 

You can learn about praying with prayer beads here.

Holy Week 4.15.17

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O God who was present when Jesus surrendered,

you know how hard it is for us to consider it...

to consider Jesus breathing his last breath on the cross.

But despite this difficulty, we know, O God,

that you endure it with us.

You're no stranger to suffering or grief.









“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ 

Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 NRSV




“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your 

hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed 

his last.” Luke 23:46 NRSV 

Holy Week 4.14.17

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O Divine Love,

who took on human form and human needs,

we hear your longing, your thirst.

We, too, have longings and needs.

But God, we ask that you guide them

into better alignment with yours,

so that we may more fully join you in your mission.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. 






“After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said 

(in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’” 

John 19:28 NRSV

Holy Week 4.13.17

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O God to whom Jesus called,

we are grateful for the invitation to

honestly express our complaints, questions, and cries to you.

Help us accept that invitation and be more authentic

in our interactions with you,

so we may better understand your gracious presence

and better understand ourselves.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.







“And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, 

‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, 

why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 NRSV