Category: 4praying

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,…

A new song for a new year

I patiently waited, Lord,     for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit     full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock     with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song,     a song of praise to you. ~ Psalm 40:1-3a O God, our Composing Creator, who listens intently amidst the vast symphony…

incarnation: tangible God

The people who walked in darkness     have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—     light! sunbursts of light! For a child has been born—for us!     the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over     the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor,     Strong God, Eternal Father,     Prince of Wholeness. Isaiah…

Suggestions for Celebrating Women

On the 9th of August in South Africa we remember more than 20 000 South African women of all races who, in 1956, marched peacefully to the Union Buildings in protest against the tyranny of apartheid – many with children upon their backs. Celebrating their nobility, bravery and solidarity becomes a profound moment of acknowledging the feminine image of God who creates…

A prisoner of hope

Return to the fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 I am a prisoner of hope. Hope does not set me free; it binds me to the hard places, to the dry places, watching and waiting for the bud to blossom, for the river to run, for…