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An acrostic prayer – Psalm 34

This week’s worship is inspired by Psalm 34 which is an acrostic poem following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Written at one of the lowest points of David’s life, it is full of encouragement to drink deeply and feast with plenty on the One who provides – even in […]

Hidden Folks

14 October Psalm 22:1-15 Job 23:1-9, 16-end Hebrews 4:12-end Mark 10:17-31 In last week’s readings we encountered the God of the “thrust out” who seeks to embrace and welcome in all people – particularly the vulnerable and discarded. This week, we are challenged to see not only these “hidden folks” […]

Home (in God’s hands)

prayers for Proper 22B Opening Prayer by Christine Gilbert, from the 15th Assembly Worship Resource: Abundant grace, liberating hope [Lord God Almighty, King of Creation,] we come before you as real people – made in your image, broken in body and spirit, longing to be mended in the shape of […]

No fast food here

Reflecting on Jesus as the bread of life and the centrality of the table in the Christian community … a thought that may be used as a call to worship or in a communion service. There’s no fast food here. No dedicated drive-through lane to ensure easy come and easy […]

Best and worst

*an opening prayer inspired by the story of David and his son, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 13-18 and Ephesians 5:1-2* Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and […]

Divine DNA

*a prayer inspired by Psalm 139* Lord, You know everything there is to know about us. You perceive every movement; You are present in every moment: Your Divine DNA woven into us within our mother’s womb as You shaped the delicate inside and the intricate outside and knit them all […]

A season for snuggling

*a winter prayer* O extraordinary God who reaches into the ordinary moments of our days and nights, with such tender, transforming touch: smoothing and shaping, healing and breaking, soothing and stretching, warming and pruning, I give You thanks and praise for this changing season which invites me to snuggle and […]

Glory

An opening prayer based on Psalm 29 (The Message) Bravo, God, bravo! All authorities and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before Your glory, in wonder before Your visible power. Yahweh Melek*, Yahweh Tsebaoth**, Your voice rolls over the waters like thunder tympanic:  smashing the cedars, skipping the mountain ranges, […]

Trinity Prayer

by Richard Rohr, 2005 God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, Even us and even me. Every name falls short of your goodness […]

In harmony

*an opening prayer, responding to the harmony in Psalm 133* Psalm 133 – The Passion Translation A song to bring you higher, by King David How truly wonderful and delightful to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity! It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil flowing from […]