Category Archives: liturgy

A Pastoral Prayer of Confession

I’ve struggled to find appropriate words for this week. So I offer the following prayer. If you are looking for sermon help, try here. Patient and steadfast God, how is it that you continue to love us so completely? So … Continue reading

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Pastoral Prayer for Humility

Mysterious and wonderful God, throughout human history you have been present. You have shown up and repeatedly demonstrated your power, a power beyond human understanding. We want to believe that we know the whole truth of you who are. We … Continue reading

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Easter Then and Now

Here’s a little meditation that came to me while preparing worship for this week. If you’re preaching and looking or sermon help, you might want to try here. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they … Continue reading

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A Litany for the Penitent

God sets a table overflowing with grace and invites all who hunger and thirst to come and eat and be satisfied. Yet, we claim the table for ourselves alone and then fail to sit still and drink deeply. With generosity … Continue reading

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Praying the Texts

If you are preparing a sermon this week, you might want to look at the reflections I shared here. Otherwise, here is my prayer based on this week’s texts: God of all creation, You knew the Prophet Jeremiah before he … Continue reading

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Advent Candle Lighting – Joy

Bonus post this week. This is a litany for lighting the third Advent Candle, Joy. It’s based on Philippians 4:4-7. One:  We are called to rejoice in God always. All:  Always? Even during the echoes of gun shots? One:  Yes. … Continue reading

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A Bidding Prayer for the Living of These Days

Come, let us pray for faithful people everywhere. (people may silently or quietly voice their prayers) Loving Creator, you are the Alpha and Omega of all that is. The names we have for you are more numerous than we like … Continue reading

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