Saturday Prayer – Vespers

On learning that the word vespers, meaning evening prayer, is from the Latin meaning evening star. Just a pinprick of light in a blue black blue sea of sky. At first, you are barely a flicker. But with each passing breath, you strengthen. You are rising, you are pulling the night around your shoulders. You are… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Simple Feast

  Board. Bread. Candle. Cup. Friends. Forgiveness. Bounty. Blessing. Grace. Gratitude. Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a… Read More

Saturday Prayer – For Women Who Do Not March

Pray for women who do not march today. Pray for women who are working. Working in hospitals, in restaurants, in police stations, in the store, on the street corner. Pray for women who are not working today, or any day. Pray for women who lack money even to eat, much less travel to a distant city. Pray for women who do… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Snow Day Gratitude

For the snow, thank you. For the footprints of happy dogs in the snow, thank you. For the cloth that the snow throws over a table, as if getting ready for a party, thank you. For a wheelbarrow full of snow that any day now will melt into water, insurance against next year’s drought, thank you. For… Read More

Saturday Prayer -Simple

In complicated times, Holy Friend, remind us of Your simplicity. “You are the light of the world.” “Do not be afraid.” “Love one another.” “Come out.” “I will be with you.” Amen. Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Angels Watching Over

Dear One, Watch over us tenderly, today more than ever.  We are bruised and raw, angry and fearful.  Send angels to remind us that you are steadfast, gentle, fierce and beautiful. And help us to see that you made us steadfast and gentle and fierce and beautiful too.  Every single one of us. Amen. Jennifer… Read More

Saturday Prayer – This is my body.

This is my body, You said, speaking of something beautiful, sacred, whole. It’s a metaphor, meaning all the good gathered together. This is my body, I said, speaking of something un-pretty, disappointing, broken. It’s a reality, meaning all the parts and pieces which propel me unsteadily through the day. This is my body, creaky and worn. And yet,… Read More