Monthly Archives: April 2017

Prayer before reading Matthew 26:6-13 (anointing)

God, I am praying also — daydreaming, sleeping, walking the dog in the sunset, reading some Facebook posts, talking with a friend on the telephone. Wasting the most costly substance of my time – time. And some people would suggest … Continue reading

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Prayer before reading Matthew 21: 12-13 (cleansing of the temple)

God, this is one of those scriptures where Jesus criticizes someone who isn’t me. Not. Help me read it as my church, even with the rock-bottom no-frills budget. Jesus is tossing the social justice ministry and the stewardship drive, the … Continue reading

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Prayer for Egypt, April 9, 2017

Hosanna, God, please save us. Blessed is the One who come in God’s name. Blessed today in Egypt are those who die in your name with palms in their hands, songs of children on their lips, a story of a … Continue reading

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Prayer for a pastor the day before Holy Week begins

God, could you send me to a scripture that does not need to be preached next week, something for me – maybe … Come unto me all you who visit shut-ins and are heavy laden with committees and I will … Continue reading

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Praying 1 Kings 19 on Friday morning, April 7

Now there was a great chemical bombing, and we are all very sure that God was not in it, and there were tomahawk missiles and the earth quaked, and God was not in them, and there was the posturing of … Continue reading

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A prayer from a hymn– forgive me, Katherine Hankey

God, I do not love to tell some stories – Jesus calling some mama’s child – a dog, dissing Martha’s hospitality, applauding a dishonest steward, and certainly I don’t love the story of withering a fig tree because it was … Continue reading

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Prayer from Brazil as Lent comes to an End

So many thanks to Luiz Carlos Ramos that shares the deepest truth of what being created in the image of God truly means, and what being made a new creation can mean. Thanks to Paulo Gustavo França for the translation … Continue reading

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Prayer before a holy week scripture

The most popular hashtag any time on Instagram is #love and so this scripture must be trending because there isn’t any story so full of love and hurt and the willingness to be a ass on a borrowed donkey, wash … Continue reading

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Music of sadness, improv on Psalm 150

Pray for Syria. Pray for Syria in churches and synagogues and mosques; pray for Syria under a sky of warplanes! Pray for Syria in the wake of chemical warfare; pray for Syria with the music of our sadness! Pray for … Continue reading

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Prayer before reading the Liturgy of the Passion

God, when the palms have been waved, a few industrious kids fashion them into crosses while more obstreperous ones turn them into swords, to the discomfiture of their parents as though swords and crosses were not kissing cousins. And we … Continue reading

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