Category: 4praying

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

*using the words of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 40) for a congregational response* O Lord who calls us into the Way of Right Living we remember this day the rights we’ve been given – rights hard fought for by those who have gone before through terrible suffering, oppression and war; rights taught in our classrooms and upheld by our law;…

An Advent Candle Poem/Prayer

For use in congregations/communities who light a candle each Sunday in Advent leading up to Christmas following the traditional pattern of prophets (hope), Mary and Joseph (faith), shepherds (joy), angels (peace) and Jesus (love) … a simple poem/prayer in five parts with an additional “verse” to be said as a conclusion to the prayer time until the final verse is…

It’s nothing but smoke

* contemplating in community Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 and James 1:2-11* You will need: a central altar or table, a black table cloth, a large candle (with three wicks is helpful to invoke visually the image of a Triune God), smaller tea lights (sufficient for the group), a lighter or matches, copies of the service, one per participant. Ritual actions indicated in…

Job 1:6-22 – a prayer journey with children

The book of Job seldom features in our conversations with children – or adults for that matter – because its subject matter is so difficult to make sense of. Job 1:22 is a verse which makes us question our understanding of God’s goodness and our (carefully-nursed) illusion that the Christian life is a comfortable one. Naked I came from my…

Last lessons: Discomfort

*Tennebrae/Thursday in Holy Week: John 13:1-17,31b-35*   “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Verse 14 Oh Lord who honoured the sacred tradition of Passover, and, in your last days, planted seeds of an eternal legacy within your disciples, ~ searching hearts, ~ imparting truth , ~ reframing customs, the…

Last lessons: Betrayal

*Wednesday in Holy Week: John 13:21-32* After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” Verse 21 Oh Lord who washed his disciples feet, and, in your last days, reclined at the dinner table with followers and friends, ~ savouring the intimacy, ~ seeing into minds and hearts, ~…

Last lessons: Sacrifice

*Tuesday in Holy Week: John 12:20-36* “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Verse 24 Oh Lord who showed up at festivals and feasts, and, in your last days, spent time with those who wished to see…

Last lessons: Extravagance

*Monday of Holy Week: John 12:1-11*  Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” Verses 7-8 Oh Lord who raised Lazarus from the dead, and, in your last days, reclined at the dinner table…

The power of a name

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. ~Tess Scott In John 20:11-18, angels, titles, roles, designations – mommy, wife, daughter, reverend, sister, friend – cannot break through Mary’s blinding loss and grief. Yet by uttering her name, Jesus changes EVERYTHING! What, then, does the name that I use for…

Light-shedding

(A series of prayers for Education Sunday based on Psalm 119:33-37 and Matthew 5:13-20) Invoking the light  We gather this day to worship and wonder at the Father of all creation who, in the beginning, spoke, “Let there be light! and there was light. (a candle is lit) We gather this day to listen to and learn from Christ Jesus,…