Monthly Archives: March 2017

Prayer before reading scripture aloud that has a personal meaning

God, these were the precious words from my mother’s funeral, or the wedding text for my friend who has recently divorced, or the passage I heard just before I made a decision that changed my life. (Here’s looking at you: … Continue reading

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Affirmation by Undocumented Immigrants in the United States

Larry W. Trent shares this poem by Yosimar Reyes, who is a person living in the United States without legal documentation. We be people without a number fill out applications with made up digits We show up to work We be … Continue reading

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Prayer before reading scripture that presents God in a way I do not like

God, I don’t like this scripture. I don’t like to think about you angry, cruel to the vulnerable, (like all those Egyptian babies Rahab’s neighbors, Job), enjoying war, choosing special people from among all your children, talking hell and highwater. … Continue reading

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Trump and coal

“Glad my Pa ran the general store,” my own father said, of growing up in coal mining country, “meant I got to keep him longer, meant I was expected to fill shelves haul food to old ladies, work nights at … Continue reading

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Prayer for me as the reader of scripture … research

God, help me know this scripture not as a performance poem, but really know it. Send me to a map and let me seek a deep context — customs of the times, expectations for faith, political setting, fears and hopes. … Continue reading

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Prayer before reading John 11

God, when I think about my job as I read scripture — rolling a stone away is an active metaphor. I can do it and I don’t really know – (such has been my relationship with the bible) whether it’s … Continue reading

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Come to the Table — Holy Communion for a Lenten Sunday or Maundy Thursday

From the remarkable poet-pastor Todd Jenkins this offering of a Communion prayer in Lent. Thank you, Todd. As we approach Maundy Thursday I would love to receive other liturgical pieces that  can share here. Please send them to the companion … Continue reading

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