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UCC pastor, animal wrangler, mud shaper, and a whole lot more!

Wednesday Prayer

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I believe
in spite of all that is laying around everywhere in the world,
the “can’t make this up” stuff,
the angry shouts and accusations and confusion and LOUD CACOPHONY
that threatens the peace of everything,

that You are weathering this with us.
You wrap us up in your Heart.
and then You nudge us off
to do the work,
to go many extra miles in these extra ordinary times,
to persist, resist,
to heal, to listen
to give, to offer,
to welcome,
to FACE whatever,
knowing we wear Your face…
and when we are tired,

You wrap us up in your Heart
and hold us,
and we weather this together.

Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Wednesday Prayer

img_1697Dang it God.
That’s all.
Amen.

No, wait, there is more.
Peel me open,
Make me listen,
Lead me into troubled waters,
Show me how to trouble some waters.
I’m not the most articulate or savvy or smart,
I care. I am afraid. I am not afraid.  I am both/and.
I will not rest when others can’t.
Teach me.
Lead me.
I am ready.
My hands and feet and mind and heart are yours.
Amen.

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The Rev. Karla Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church in Marblehead, MA.   She contributed to the fabulous RevGals book, “There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.”
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Sunday Prayer

img_1786Traveling God,
You find us,
wherever we are,
when we are toiling,
numb to the possibility
that we might be called
to belovedness and belonging.

Your call is so urgent, so clear
to leave what we know
to discover that what seems impossible~
justice, mercy, love,
equality,
kin-dom
is your complete and possible dream,
and we can be a part of it as we follow You.

Gather us up
as your disciples,
Bind us
together in peace,
Irritate us
so completely
that we give all we have
to be healers
of the breach,
the offerers
of grace,
the voice
of hope.

We pray, O God, for those
so broken,so longing
to heed your call,
but simply can’t because of what oppresses them.

We pray, O Christ, for those
so disempowered and angry and hurt,
that all they can do is defend and perpetuate.

We pray, O Spirit, for those
who have no heart or hands or will
save our own, as your disciples.

We pray…
for our world.
for our country.
for our earth home.
for our children.
for the sick and lonely,
the disengaged and angry,

Help us to remember
that we belong to You,
and we are beloved,
and we are Love.

In the name of Jesus our brother and friend,
Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Wednesday Prayer

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Why is it
that so often
when I set my mind and heart
to pray,
I am wordless?

It doesn’t come easy.
In my silent meditation,
I search for how You might be leading me
to revelation, to resolution, to renewal,
but mostly
I end up just
remembering that I need to stop at the store
to pick up milk and cat food,
thinking that I should go to the gym this afternoon,
and honestly, peppered through the wandering,
I do come back to You.
Well, kind of.
I wonder about You.
I sense your Spirit hovering,
right at the crown of my head, at the back…
Jesus pounds on the walls of my ribcage,
exhorting and cajoling
me to think, to do, to love.

Oh sweet Lord.
Hello.

Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Sunday Prayer

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Holy One of Sabbath and Struggle,
We come before you this morning,
mindful of of your presence with us and in us,
mindful of the connections we share
with whom we worship.

You have gifted us with this hour
of worship.
You have shared your Sabbath rest,
pouring it upon our hearts and souls,
bathing us in love, in prayer, in song, in silence.

You have challenged us to struggle,
with the contradictions we face everyday.
You ask us to question, to dig deep,
to remember Justice and Mercy and Love
must prevail,
if we are to be Your disciples.

In the quiet of the next few minutes,
we pray for all that weighs on our minds
(and there is much)
that need your Grace and your Peace….
(Silence)

We lift up these prayers,
in the name of Jesus, our Brother and Teacher,
Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Wednesday Prayer

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There are days that I don’t know how to address You.
There are moments that I don’t know how to serve You.
There are times that I don’t know I believe You.

In this moment of the hour in this little room where I am praying,
I wonder about You.
What are You doing?
For whom are You praying?
How are You speaking…
to me?

Do You know this deep longing within me?
Is it You, longing within me?
There is so much inside
I can hardly bear the worlds within my heart~~
the sharp joys,
the hollowing griefs,
the unrealized art,
the floating silence that stretches,
the cacophony of a million instruments tuning, seeking the true note.

Reach inside me,
Pull what You want out,
Give me courage
to
Be
Yours.

Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA.  She is a contributor to the RevGalBlogPals book, “There is a Woman in the Pulpit.”  She especially loves Advent.
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Sunday Prayer

 

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Oh Beautiful Holy One,
We know.
We know that the sorrow, the terror, the awfulness of horror and hate
are not because of You.
It’s because Sin.
It’s because of Hurt.
It’s because of Narrowness, Pulled-in Fear,
It’s because of Unaware Brokeness.

We pray for Forgiveness,
because without it,
we are Lost.
because without it,
we don’t know Who we are, or Whose we are.
Without forgiveness,
without Grace,
we will continue to be devastated and weak.

Strip us to the core,
Lead us to step into the courageous sweet waters
that cleanse us with lavender lime scented Glory,
that renew us in endless extravagant red rose bouquets of Absolute Love,
the streams of hope
that gives us a full Name,
and a new Call
as your Beautiful Beloved.
Amen.

 

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Wednesday Prayer

Thank you, sweet One,

For quiet moments in the midst of busy hours, 

For the soreness in my muscles that remind me I’m alive,

For friendships far and near,

For being tired, 

For dogs that are cornball goofs,

For the pile of books I long to read,

For these things and much more.

Amen. 

Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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Wednesday Prayer

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Ah Holy One,
There is much despair in the world,
Unholy devastation,
Relentless and indiscriminate.

Yet in all of the pain,
and around it, there are crazy shimmerings of grace,
tiny pin-points of hope
that leave me breathless, guilty and skeptical,
as I scramble to gather them up,
unbelievingly holding them close
to my heart.

Amen.

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Wednesday Prayer

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photo by Meg M. Arbo (used with permission).

 

The moon set this morning, as the sun came up.
A long illumined night giving way to the brief shining of this day.
Help me God,
to  hold the dreams of my sleeping,
and sift through the message your angels wrought last night.
Help me God,
in the blue bright of daylight,
to be your Message of awareness, love, and hope
in all that I say and do (o.k., at least most of what I say and do, because, you know, human).
Help me God,
through the daily grind, the musts, the should, the need to-s
to give over to Mystery and Delight, to Sorrow and Ache,
and all that is in the exquisite in-between.

Amen.

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Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.
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