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Prayers for Christmas

Prayers for Christmas

Opening Prayer (adapted from The World News this Week in Prayer) Incarnate God! God who has come to be with God’s people! We pause in this holy time… time between Christmas and New Year’s, between gift unwrapping and cleaning up, between longing and rejoicing, between endings and beginnings, between dismay and joy, Between hope and … Continue reading

A Christian Loving Kindness Meditation

A Christian Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation (or Metta, from the Pali word in the Buddhist scriptural canon) is a traditional meditation from the Theraveda Buddhist tradition. Basically, one gradually extends loving kindness from oneself out to the world, following the basic format: loving kindness of (1) myself, (2), those I love, (3) enemies, (4) all persons equally, (5) … Continue reading

Wisdom: Call to worship & prayers

Wisdom: Call to worship & prayers

Here are just a few bits and pieces that I wrote for this coming Sunday (Proper 20, Year B) about wisdom. I also wrote a short lil’ children’s story / sermon about Lady Wisdom. Amazing how few resources there are for children on the theme of wisdom! Or for adults, for that matter. Call to … Continue reading

Call to Worship: Made for Worship

Call to Worship: Made for Worship

The people of God were made for worship: To sing and to praise, to laugh and to dance. The people of God were made for God’s presence: For pleasure and praise, for joy and for song. Come, holy people, God’s chosen disciples: Gather for worship, come from all places! We have come to God’s temple, … Continue reading

Call to Worship: Good Shepherd

Call to Worship: Good Shepherd

Our Lord is the Good Shepherd. In his goodness he supplies our every need. The Lord is our Shepherd, and he takes perfect care of us. Our Lord is the Good Shepherd. He leads us into safety and gives us strength for the journey. The Lord is our Shepherd, who grants us rest and restores … Continue reading

Liturgy: Contemplative Evenings

Liturgy: Contemplative Evenings

A few months ago another woman in my congregation and I started a Sunday evening contemplative group. We meet once a month. It’s a simple service that centers on a 15-minute time of silent meditation as well as a (usually even longer) time of open prayer. We set up a small circle of chairs in … Continue reading

Opening Prayer: God of Bright Truth

Opening Prayer: God of Bright Truth

God of jubilation, We offer you this morning our voices, our hands, and our spirits, lifted high in worship. God of bright truth, We offer you this morning our careful listening, our open ears, and our reverence for your Holy Word. God of love incarnate, We offer you this morning our presence, our openness, and … Continue reading

Opening prayer & blessing for this Sunday

Opening Prayer Majestic Creator God, God before time, we find you in the heavens above us: Light beyond light, our beginning before all beginnings. God With Us, we find you here on earth, all around us: You make your home in our fellowship and communion, our daily bread, and in your church, the body of … Continue reading

Opening Prayer: Glad in the House

Opening Prayer: Glad in the House

(based on: Luke 6:38; Psalm 126:2; Psalm 122:1) Creator God, This is the day that You have made! This is the day you have called Holy: Sabbath day, a rest day, a time-out, out of the world and into the presence of God: a day for rejoicing. Make us glad this morning in the House … Continue reading