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Monday Prayer

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crocuses in the manse garden. JRen17

O Precious Holy
how marvellous is your world
the land lays dormant; brown fields, bare trees
and yet, somewhere the season is advancing; somewhere
autumn is creeping,
How magnificent – that in every hour of every day, new life begins
old life wanes
the weary sleep
the dormant rise…

Holy One
may we take a moment today
to marvel at your creation
to be thankful for this world
to remember, other voices, other lands,
all yours, all known and loved by you

May we pause
Take breath
and wonder
Holy, holy, holy,
amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

Holy One
Thank you for the gift of persistence
now more than ever,
today, and always…
Amen

persistent

 

 


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

 

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Precious One
We call on you…
Day by day.
We call on you…
Moment by moment.
We call on you…
Event by event
Cry by cry

Calling, hoping, knowing, feeling, seeking…
You.
Be with us all we pray
Hear our prayers
Deep, heart prayers
Quick, reaction prayers
Holy, Spirit prayers

We call
We wait
We hear
We act
We are your vessels
Inspire and encourage
We pray.
Today and always


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister in Earlston, a rural village community in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and is a contributor to the Rev Gals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is very happy to have wee Tabi in her life, a Sprocker Spaniel puppy.


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Monday Prayer 

(I have flown across the world, to share love and Galship with my sisters. To hear again our God stories.
And what I am hearing is anguish, and anger that is building to outright fury) 

Holy God
Help us!
Here in this dreamlike state I ponder.

How can this be?
How can it have come to this?
We have examples to follow
And we have history to avoid repeating
And yet. Here we are

O holy of holies
God from God
Light from Light
Hear your people cry
Hear all peoples cry
And fire up in us:
Powerful voices
and build up in us
Indomitable courage
And fill up in us
Your Spirit’s breath

And, forgive us when we are unsure
Or too afraid, or too bereft to speak
And heal this breaking, tearing, divided world
And remind us again and again that with you,
Nothing is impossible

Even on this bleak last Monday in January

Amen



Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister in Earlston, a rural village community in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and is a contributor to the Rev Gals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is very happy to be mother to seven adult children and three grandchildren. 




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Monday Prayer

Holy One how precious life is!
OUr years are fleeting,

When we look back at the passage of time – it seems impossible
Day to day
Week to week
Year to year
There it is gone!

And yet…
We are it in, and the future is frightening

God of all the things
Today I hand over my worries
My fears
My apprehension

What will be, will be
What I do with what I have is the here and now

Equip me; equip my friends; equip those I distrust and those I fear.
For if we are all equipped by you – really You, then I can trust the command “Do not fear”
Until that time…
Help me in my doubting and fear
Especially this week.
Amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister in Earlston, a rural village community in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and is a contributor to the Rev Gals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is very happy to have wee Tabi in her life, a Sprocker Spaniel puppy.


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Monday Prayer

Precious One!

Another week; another list of things to do; work and work; another list of things not finished; work and work; another list of things to feel guilty about!

Oh Precious One – hear us!
Calm us!
Nurture us!
Nourish us!
Help us to pause…
pause..
pause..

Because. I. We. Am. Are so quick to judge ourselves as failing.
Especially when then only eyes judging us are our own.

So, as another week of work and lists and feels begins
help us to

P.ray
A.dore
U.nload
S.top
E.mpower

Pause
pause
pause
p a u s e

Amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

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I say second of January, you say January second
I say bonnet, you say hood,
I say boot, you say trunk

I say courgette you say zucchini
I say aubergine you say eggplant
I say rocket, you say arugula (I had to go look that one up)

I say, thanks be to God, and so do you
I say, please pray for me, and so do you,
I say, O Lord, bless us, and so do you

I say, O Precious Holy Breath, breathe in and through me,
I say, O Sweet Holy Friend, thank you
Thank you for my friends, holy and anointed
Thank you for all that unites us in you
Thank you for all that joins us together
Thank you even, for all those funny words, the same yet different…

Thank you for one more trip round the sun together,
Remind us often, that we are not alone, but united in you

O Precious
O Sweet
O Holy
O Love
I say,
And you say,
Amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

19 December
Six more days
Five more school assemblies
Four more pastoral visits
Three more carol services
Two more rehearsals
One more sermon to write…

Oh precious Holy, God with us, Son of God, Counsellor, hold me, keep me, strengthen me, focus my thoughts, give me pause, give me vision, grant me rest, show me hope, remind me, as often as I need it…nativity-figures
You have this.

I do not have to be everything to everyone
And, when I see one more disaster, tragedy, scandal, news story that prompts me to guilt at not being able to add in one more thing… remind me again.

Jesus will be born. Carols will be sung. People will be ministered to. And you, precious you, will bring peace in unexpected places.
Six more days. One more lifetime of following faithfully.

Amen 


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

Oh God!
This morning my heart is struggling
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Nigeria
Cairo
So many lives snatched
Sudden
Fierce
Tragic
What can we do?
What can we do, and how long must this go on?

Oh God!
This day, in the Advent week of Joy
Show us shafts of your light
Beacons of Joy in a desolate landscape
And as we pray for all who suffer this day
Be with us
Remind us
Renew us
For we cannot do it alone
Amen


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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Monday Prayer

It’s a cold and frosty morn,
the phrase, “earth stood hard as iron”
is lived out beneath my feet
the air hangs still, misty breaths swirl in my face as I breathe

Oh Precious Holy One!

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Manse garden Earlston Dec 2016

The day is here, this is the moment.
Thank you for this stillness
this frosting
this breath…
I take this pause, in amongst all the busyness
and give thanks that I live!

Precious Holy,
in all of the demands in this season,
may we be able to pause
may we be able to take a moment
to still in the world
to be
to know
that even in a bleak midwinter, there is hope
there is YOU
Amen

 


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit


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