Saturday Prayer – City Prayer

The city is terrible, of course. Too much concrete and not enough trees. The houseless suffer and the wealthy prosper. Nazis, who don’t even bother to be neo anymore, walk the streets unbothered. And don’t even get me started on the traffic, God. And yet, sometimes, when the sun is setting, and her lines are… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Old Growth

Creator God, You made all of these things. Leaves. Lichen. Sunlight. Ants. Ferns. Worms. The seed that nestled into the earth. The seed that grew into a seedling that became this majestic tree. The wild wind that blew her down one winter night. And me, standing here in the buzzing silence of rain forest, my hand… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Resurrection

This is your resurrection promise, Holy Friend. From death, life will grow. Remind us that that new life does not always Look like what we had planned or hoped or imagined. Help us to see the new life You spread extravagantly, abundantly, beautifully, even the most unlikely places. Amen. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Cause and Effect

I tossed a pebbleand watched as the ripple grew into a wave that surged and crested. I was already up past my knees before I knew to call it a flood. Living Water, today my prayer is only keep me afloat. Amen.   Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver United Church of Christ… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Between

Here we are, Lord, slung between death and resurrection. Suspended in the moment between the blank page and the final word the desperate argument and the forgiving embrace the pink slip and the new offer the last tear and the first smile the diagnosis and the treatment plan the caught breath and the exhale. Here… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Saturday Teaching

On that day, Holy Friend, before dusty cloaks thrown onto even more dusty earth, before the powers’ posturing, before you washed your friends’ feet and sat at a table even with the one who would betray you and prayed in a darkened olive grove, before torture and death. On that day, Holy Friend, you did what… Read More