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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 […]

Your love is extravagant

Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “extravagant?” By definition extravagance has to do with a lack of restraint in spending money or using resources. It’s a word associated with luxury, lavishness, comfort and indulgence. An extravagance is usually something optional, […]

Day Thirty Four: Subversive

Psalm 110 Proverbs 22:1-9 Luke 6:27-31 Most of us have, at some time in our lives, heard – sometimes incessantly – the phrase: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s the golden rule of human interaction; and a definite go-to phrase in most mothers’ “raising […]

Day Nineteen: Love Song

Psalm 89:1-4,19-26 2 Samuel 6:1-11 Hebrews 1:1-4 “Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the story of your love— how you built the cosmos and guaranteed everything in it. Your love has always been our […]

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; […]

Day Five: A Love That Lasts

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Hosea 6:1-6 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 What do Doris Day, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, and Celine Dion have in common? A little song that I’m sure you know …. When I fall in love it will be forever Or I’ll never fall in love. In a […]

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 […]

With what do we measure?

A reflection based on readings from “Beyond the lectionary:” 1 Kings 3:16-28 1 Corinthians 14:6-12 John 7:19-24 With what do we measure? An easier question to answer might be “with what don’t we measure?” for, from an early age, we begin to learn the language of comparison. Our parents applaud […]

Last lessons: Love

*Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42* And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 19:37 Saving love is costly. People humiliate us; they try to rob us of our dignity, to strip us bare; they make it their mission to alienate us, destroy […]

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 […]