A prayer to the God of all sorrow and all joy, in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.Continue reading “Juneteenth Prayer”
Why Read a Novel?
... to find the peace that comes from getting your heart broken.
Sunday afternoon, sitting on the deck. Sunny, cool breeze. Voices in the distance, coming from a a nearby porch. I think I recognize a neighbor’s voice.Continue reading “Why Read a Novel?”
Stewardship Skits – Make ’em Laugh!
For faith communities gearing up for the annual pledge drive: Here you'll find three sets of original stewardship skits designed to inspire, inform, and make people laugh.Continue reading “Stewardship Skits – Make ’em Laugh!”
Fir Cones on Labor Day
I’m sitting on the rock at the entrance to the Cretan labyrinth in the side yard. A visitor once named this labyrinth “Mother and Child” because of the dark stones enclosing the white stones.Continue reading “Fir Cones on Labor Day”
Prayers for the Seeds of Love
Responsive prayers by Ann H. Raymond, appropriate for use in connection with Vacation Bible School or other children’s programming.
In peace we pray to you, our God.
For all people who sow the seed of God’s love in their daily life and work;
That our families, friends and neighbors and those who are alone may know they have the seed of God’s love within them.
Puff Balls on All Saints Day
Late afternoon on Nov. 1, All Saints Day.Continue reading “Puff Balls on All Saints Day”
A Thanksgiving Reflection – Time On Our Side
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Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8.
Prayers as Autumn Turns Toward Winter
Responsive prayers by Christine Hemp, appropriate for use on any Sunday near the end of the Green Season.
Good morning, dear Creator. It’s November. Night comes upon us quickly now, and the Southerlies swirl the leaves of last summer around the corners of our houses. Your Word today, however, is ripe with new creation hidden in the midst of chaos. Yet again, paradox lies at the heart of our relationship with you. May we hold it close.Continue reading “Prayers as Autumn Turns Toward Winter”
Prayers to the Lover of Souls
Responsive prayers by Thomas Robb, appropriate for use on any Sunday in the Green Season.
Lord, you are our delight. Our trust is in you alone.
Quiet our busy thoughts. Let us listen for God’s Voice.
(Silence.)Continue reading “Prayers to the Lover of Souls”
High Wind and Fire
A poem for Pentecost
On that first PentecostContinue reading “High Wind and Fire”
the wind and the fire were only hints
of what was about to happen: