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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

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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Saturday Prayer – What first?

What should I do first, God?
Should I eat or exercise or read this morning’s news?
Should I write the thing, or tidy the thing, or build the thing?
Should I apologize to someone or thank someone or tell someone I love them?
Should I organize or resist or weep?
Should I rake or shovel or plant?
Should I make love or make up or make do?
Should I drive or walk or ride?
Should I seek or find or hide?
Should I shop or pack or plan?
Should I lean in or dig out or lift up?

Or should I sit?

Should I look out the window
with no word, no action –
just my eyes and your world
just my breath and your Breath?

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 in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.


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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

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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Monday Prayer

Advent begins
O come, O come, Emmanuel.
Help us in this season to pause
To be advent peopleIMG_0225
Watching, waiting patiently

O come, thou Dayspring
Bring the day when all will know
Bring the time when justice flows
And we, the advent people
Watching, waiting hopefully

O come, thou rod of Jesse
Strengthen your people
All people, Advent people
Watching, waiting powerfully

O come, O come,
To each of us, in this season
Breathe life into our breathless hearts
Pour balm into our restless souls
Fill our tired lives with compassion
So that we, Advent People
Your People
May be
Simply Be,
As we wait
And hope
This advent season
This Advent Day
Amen

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A Tuesday Prayer

2016-07-23-17-12-04Holy One,
draw us nearer to you.
These days of uncertainty and fear
empty us quickly.
We need you –
your vision, your strength, your patience.

In these last days of the liturgical year
our attention shifts toward gratitude
and honoring you,
the magnitude of the gift you gave
when you walked among us.

As we ponder these days,
remind us that you have been here before.
You know the heartache of bedside vigils,
the terrors that whisper in cold, lonely nights,
the weight of oppression wielded by denying hands.
You have witnessed human beings,
your beloved people,
turn from you and wander in the wilderness
more times than we can count.

You waited patiently then,
you wait patiently now.
Fill us anew with your grace.
Reclaim us, call us once more by name,
for there is work for us to do
and we need to do it in you,
through you,
for your sake
and ours.

For the gift of this day,
we offer thanks and praise.
For your constancy in our lives,
words fall short of our gratitude.
May the works of our hands
and the words of our mouths
lead to the possibilities only you can imagine.
Through the heaviness and sorrow,
the joy and hope,
through it all,
may we embody your love today
and always.

In the name of the One who teaches us how to love,
Amen.


Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. You can find links to her blog, vlog, and books at Beachtheology.com.


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Monday Prayer

kindness

A picture prayer

 


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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Tuesday Prayer

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(Footprints in the Sand, Sanja Gjenero)

Today,

let our lives be prayer

wherever we may go

Opening doors

Smiling

Putting things away

Cutting vegetables

Let every, every step be prayer.

We all say: Amen.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Monday Prayer

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The tree stands tall, dignified, constant, impervious to all of the madness that consumes our world.

The tree – such strength; such permanence. It was there before I was  born; it will still be there after I move on…

Help us, O Holy One, in this week of all weeks, to remember we are just passing through; to follow the example of the tree; all the trees, to be dignified; constant, impervious to all of the nonsense…

Because this week, this week, this week, we really need to be reminded.

Holy One, in my corner of the world we watch as our neighbours, across the pond, vote, make decisions, seek peaceful answers, seek justice, seek resolution, seek to know that each voice is heard, each heart is valued, each person, each and every one, is valued, loved, known by You.

Holy One, the tree – such strength, such constancy, such a reminder that all is in your hands.

Be with us this week we pray.

Be with us, this week, we pray.

Be with us.

This Week.

We pray, 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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