Monthly Archives: November 2012

In Honor of the UN Vote

God who sends silent stars above all the peoples in the world shine your everlasting light on Bethlehem. Tonight the hopes and fears are not just meeting, they are dancing with flags in those dark streets. Yet how we see … Continue reading

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Another character in the story — a poem for Advent from South Africa

This poem that presents to us all another character of Advent, one whose name we do not know, one whom we do not wish to be. It is found in Gifts in Open Hands and is written by Isobel De … Continue reading

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Advent Candlelighting — First Sunday, the Sunday of Hope

Advent begins next Sunday. Throughout this season I will post on the preceding Monday resources for Advent that can be turned into an Advent Wreath Candlelighting liturgy. First I will share the original pieces. Then I will prepare them for … Continue reading

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Two prayers

Prayer for Gaza God of ninety-nine names all of which begin with peace, dry the long tear-streak on the face of the holy Land that is Gaza, comfort the families of the one hundred-thirty-nine Palestinians and of the five Israelis … Continue reading

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A US Thanksgiving Prayer by Todd Jenkins of Fayetteville, Tennessee

Todd Jenkins, one of the writers for Gifts in Open Hands from the United States maintains the wonderful Tuesday’s Muse with his poetry. This piece from last week speaks to the odd juxtaposition of the US holiday of Thanksgiving and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for the colors — of nature and of people from Aotearoa

Beverley L. Osborn of Aotearoa/New Zealand offers a prayer of thanks … God of brilliant sunsets and shining rainbows, God of golden daffodils and glowing Autumn leaves, God of all the blues of sunlit seas, God of all the shades of … Continue reading

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Improv on Isaiah 40: 1-11 for Thanksgiving in US

The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is a strange celebration, made legal in the midst of the war called by some the Civil War and by others the War between the States and referencing the two hundred years earlier … Continue reading

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