Saturday Prayer

Saturday Prayer: Just Say No

Dear sweet baby Jesus,

I am a child of the 1980’s and with that came Nancy Reagan and the first lady’s campaign of “Just Say NO” this was about the “war on drugs” of course, which caused more hard than good, but for millions of elementary school students we learned to deflect peer pressure and say no to drugs.

She also taught us that abstinence was the only way and that if you have sex even once you will get pregnant, and well… you know how I feel about that.

Truth is, at the end of the day, the slogan has stuck.

And here we are, 30 years later and I find myself hearing these words over and over again.

I’m saying no to politicians and my government who wants to take away rights and alienate people. I’m saying no to times when reading about it and hearing the news of the latest lies makes me hopeless and despair.

I’m saying no to the world who draws me farther and farther from you.

Be with me, be with us, because I need to just say no for sanity’s sake, and say yes, to your call. Amen.

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The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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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 not march today.

Pray for  women who do not march, but move with the crowd just the same – rolling on four wheels instead of walking on two feet. Pray for  women who yearn to march,  whose hearts beat strong for justice, but whose bodies will not carry them all the way.  Pray for women at home, caring for the sick, the elders, the children.

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for women who do not march today, because the march does not represent all politics, all moralities, all colors, all expressions. Pray for women who wield power in some other place, some other way. Pray for women who raise their voices, wherever they may be.

Pray for women who do not march today.

Pray for women who are afraid. Afraid of being shamed or violated if they step off the path and into the moving river.  Afraid of their own bodacious, beautiful strength. Afraid because someone told them to be afraid.

Pray for women who do not march today, and pray for women who do.  Pray for women.

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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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Saturday Prayer: Death and Dying

2016, Rest In Peace. Not all of you want evil, but you sure were a force of nature. 

We pray for ends. We pray for death of fear and destruction. We pray for mercy. 

For as we bury this year we pray for comfort in the grief and celebration in life eternal. 

We pray that in 2017 that the old life may be gone and a new life begun. 

Happy New Year, God beyond time and space. Bless us in our time. 

The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.
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Saturday Prayer: Waiting for Love

Love came down to rescue me, love came down to set me free. Love, it’s a simple word isn’t? Just four letters, such a small word for such a big purpose.

You are the incarnation of Love, sweet baby Jesus. You are God incarnate. God, who is the embodiment of love, and all things that are love are of you.

I thought I knew what love was. I held it’s hand and flirted with it. I kissed and hugged it. I married it and procreated with it. But it was not real love, not like yours.

I thought I was smart and had it all figured out, but it turns out the love in my head was not the love of the heart. My soul aches for conditions to be removed. I want my heart to burst forth in joy!

And so I wait for you, sweet child. The child that is love beyond love. Light of the world. The moment you are reborn in our hearts will be the moment we no longer pretend to know what love is, and begin to believe that something more is possible. Something that is pure and sacred, something only you can provide.

Then, and only then, will I become the vessel of love for this world, for the people that surround me, for my partner and children, for a community lost in disappear, for a world falling apart.

Unconditional incarnate word of love. Enter our hearts this day. Amen.

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The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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Saturday Prayer: Need a Little Christmas

It’s decoration day, O God. The day I pull out the red and green boxes of decorations passed down from generations. I unwrap each one with care, I admire it, and place it somewhere safe in my house.

I hang twinkle lights that remind me of light in the darkness (or so I tell myself) and set my wreath on the door. I climb high to hang garland and place a star on the tree. I look down at the room from my high place and declare, “nice work”.

I do all this because we, in this world today, need a little Christmas- right this VERY minute. I need cheer and lights, ornaments and mistletoe. I need a spirit of cheer, Christmas cheer, and joy to be spread throughout the world.

I need us to treat each other as well as we do these ornaments and decorations. With history, understanding your creation is fragile and irreplaceable. So with candles in the window, carols singing, I ask your, Lord Jesus, to come. Bless this place and land. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. Be our guest. Because we need Christmas, maybe more than a little bit, maybe a whole lot. Now.

Amen.

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The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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Saturday Prayer – New Year’s Eve

Holy One,

There are many ways to count time, but for us today is New Year’s Eve.  Tomorrow, preachers will proclaim to many different congregations in many different places that it s a day to begin anew.

As we turn to a new year, the beginning of Advent, we preachers read and think and study and prepare, so that we might guide those placed in our care into your transformative grace.

May we remember that transformation, grace, the proclamation of new life is not just for other people.  Those gifts are for us too.  Inspire us, so that our study becomes prayer. Help your preachers also, on this New Year’s Eve,  to begin anew.

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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Saturday Prayer -Simple

In complicated times,

Holy Friend,

remind us of Your simplicity.

“You are the light of the world.”

“Do not be afraid.”

“Love one another.”

“Come out.”

“I will be with you.”

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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Saturday Prayer – Angels Watching Over

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Dear One,

Watch over us tenderly, today more than ever.  We are bruised and raw, angry and fearful.  Send angels to remind us that you are steadfast, gentle, fierce and beautiful. And help us to see that you made us steadfast and gentle and fierce and beautiful too.  Every single one of us.

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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Saturday Prayer: Giggly Girls

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For giggly girls at a slumber party.

We Give Thanks To The Lord.

For the innocents of young age, before boobs and boys, before objectivity.

We Give Thanks To The Lord.

For the opportunity to dance without judgement, where ‘girly’ can mean whatever they want.

We Give Thanks To The Lord.

Where no boys allowed is honored and sparkles run freely.

We Give Thanks To The Lord.

God, I give you thanks for this day. For the opportunity I have to honor my daughter and freely celebrate her unique gifts and love. Thank you for friends who help me, not just with a party, but as adopted mothers, for her friends who adore her and she, them. For a partner who entertains whinny brothers who cannot attend the dancing and brings me flowers to honor the day that I worked hard not just to throw a party but honor the day my life changed forever. None if this is possible without you, O Lord. With a grateful heart, Amen.


The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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Saturday Prayer: #thisis2016

The world gets inside my head sometimes. More than I would like. And I am angry.

God, where are you? And how is it we have strayed so far from your radical word?

“Love one another, as I have loved you.”

When women are grabbed and their bodies assaulted because the world have told men that they are property.

When women who enjoy sex are compared to said men because they actually don’t know the difference between consent and not.

When I worry about my beautiful 8 year old hearing comments like “I’ll be dating her in 10 years”.

When I worry about my African-American boyfriend leaving the house and driving a few hours for work simply because “one bad cop” might pull him over.

When my Asian-American friends are yelled at on a consistent basis “go back to China” even though they may or may not be Chinese and some of their families immigrated to the US before my “white” family did.

God #thisis2016 help us. Please, Lord, we need you.

I pray in your name with tears, heartache and righteousness anger. Amen.

 


The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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