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Open our minds. May they be fertile soil for your word and ways. Open our hearts. May they be filled with love of neighbor & a passion for justice.. Open our hands. That we use them to build a world

Posted in Call to Worship, Church Meetings, opening prayer

Impassion Us With Desire to Include All Voices

In the early church a complaint arose as it does when human beings worship together.With the Holy Spirit’s guidance the people came to an agreement. Striving to be one people, they chose participation in God’s expanding love in the world.

Posted in Acts, Acts 6, Acts 6:1-7:2a, 44-60, Acts 7, Call to Worship, Invocation, New Testament

Lenten Prayer During Pandemic

Divine Energy, We have been unsettled this year,And we don’t like it. Routines shattered routines,Keeping us from friends and family. Yet for most of us, Our privilege has kept us whole, While around us others have suffered. Deeply embedded racism, inadequate safety nets

Posted in Prayers

In a Time of Pandemic & Insurrection

In this scary time of pandemic and insurrection, focus us on what we can do. When our neighbors are in need but we are unable to solve their problems, focus us on prayer, on love, and on doing what we

Posted in Prayers

May We Do the Same

She wept as her only son’s body was being carried away.When he saw her, Jesus had compassion. He wept as he sat outside the hospital while his wife was inside dying of COVID-19.When he saw him, Jesus had compassion. She

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 7, Luke 7:1-17, New Testament

Wiggle Room for Love

We create walls and rules around you and your expectations. In time, we find ourselves worshiping the walls and rules instead of you.Make our walls and rules porous so that we might have the wiggle room to love. Keep our

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 6, Luke 6:1-16, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Joining the Mission of Christ

The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism, “This is my son in whom I am delighted.” After this, Jesus went into the wilderness where he was tempted by power, by earthly pleasures, and by the Devil.   Returning

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 4, Luke 4:14-19, Luke 4:14-30, New Testament

A Prayer When the Capitol is Stormed

God of Justice & Love, The images! The events! We are frightened! We are disturbed!How can this be happening here, O Lord? We believed we were better than this.We have degenerated from polarization to uncivil acts.How, O Lord, can this be

Posted in Prayers

Following the One in Whom God Delights

John the Baptist calls out, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”But how do we prepare for the Christ? Don’t cheat. Don’t harass others. Share what you have. Don’t rely upon the ancestors to cover up your

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 42:1, Luke, Luke 3, Luke 3:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Grow & Follow, Follow & Grow

Jesus was actively engaged in Temple life. He asked questions, challenging ideas, and listened to the rabbis.He wanted to learn and grow. Faith is about questions and doubts. It is about listening to those who have studied and experienced beyond

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 2:41-52, New Testament
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