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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

Pondering, Wondering; God is Moving Closer

Gabriel appears to Mary. A practical woman, she asks for more details. “How can this be?”And she ponders. God is moving closer. Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth for counsel. Elizabeth’s child leaps for joy in her womb.And we wonder. God

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 1, New Testament

Jubilation will come.

The people were finally home.After generations in exile, they returned to their ancestral land. The joy that was anticipated was real,but it was also different to return home.Though they yearned for the way it was, the future is a place

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 61, Isaiah 61:1-11, Old Testament

What if?

Though the earth is ravaged by pandemic and climate change…What if there is still reason to hope? Though the earth is ravaged by a people bent upon polarization and war…What if there is still a chance for peace? Though the

Posted in Advent, Advent Peace, Advent Series, Call to Worship, Joel, Joel 2:12-13, 28-29, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Gathering in Hope

In a time when hope was veiled beneath laws prohibiting prayer…Daniel worshiped the God of extravagant love. In a time when the price of hope was to be thrown into a pit of hungry lions…Daniel worshiped the God of abundant

Posted in Daniel, Daniel 6, Daniel 6:6-26, Old Testament

Make Us Like Isaiah

We create images of you,placing you within the constraints of our humanity.But you are beyond our imaginings. You call upon us to be your people,pushing the limits of who we think we can be.But you know we can be so

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 6:1-13, Old Testament

Before a Contentious Election

God of all peoples, We are filled with anxiety at the uncertainty. The shock and pain of the past inform our now. We yearn for peace, joy, hope, and compassion while worrying that power, greed, and disregard will carry the

Posted in Elections, Prayers

Not so unnatural

A scavenger delivers food to a man twice a day in the wilderness.It’s unnatural. In the middle of a famine, a jar of flour never decreases no matter how often used.It’s unlikely. A stranger heals a widow’s son with only

Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 17, 1 Kings 17:1-24, Call to Worship, Old Testament
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