Saturday Prayer – After Violence

Dear God, Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses. We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy. But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil – the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we, Your children gather on city streets,… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Big Words

God, put Your words in my mouth.  Make these words strong and simple.  Make them powerful and prayerful.  Make them beautiful and bountiful.   God, put Your words in my mouth.  Remind me that you do not call me to declare verbal pyrotechnics, but to speak Your love, truth, peace, might.  Amen.       Jennifer… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Dizzy

Oh, God, We are off kilter. Steady us. We are frenetic. Calm us. We are dizzy. Center us. Remind us that it is always the nature of the powers and principalities to spin the wheel ever faster and faster and faster until we are completely disoriented. Remind us that it is always the nature of your grace to… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Just a band-aid

“It’s just a bandaid,” we say, meaning it’s not much at all. Not effective, not permanent, not nearly enough. And yet, LORD, sometimes a bandaid is all we have to offer. Sometimes all we know how to do is speak soothingly, kneel down, examine the scrape with solemn concern, carefully unwrap the flimsy package, place the bandage with… Read More

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