In this nearly-new month, God,
When days are dimming earlier
And nights’ breezes are a comforting prayer,
Present us with the strength we need
To live into your call-
A divine urging to become “strong and courageous.”

“Strong and courageous” are nice words
Until the fires of anger surround us
And the ice of hate freeze your children.
Then Strong must be our voice
And Courageous be in our steps.

Let our bold faith usher in mild autumn days
So that all of your children will experience
The beauty of your creation-
Not only the privileged few
But all of your beloved.


The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at

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One thought on “Tuesday Prayer

  1. should September be Sabbath month for pastors? I was thinking today after 40 years in ministry how great it would be to have September as a sabbath month. To be true even if we set weekly sabbath time someone is bound to have surgery, or the church air conditioning going out, or your secretary quits… or whatever that draws us back into the world even if we don’t have to immediately respond…it’s consumed some of our head space. So…. what if all clergy, like psychiatrists, took a month off. September. You know SS classes could start without us, we could get ready for World Communion Sunday oh and Stewardship and well here comes Advent. All of these things could be worked on easily without the everyday fire fighting we do. We could actually go to the mountains or the beach or to …wherever you can go to be refreshed.

    So that’s s what I’m thinking today… You? Blessings. God abides Bobbie


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