Sunday Prayer

Sunday Prayer: To Love My Enemy

You, O LORD, are God and you are my God

so teach me to love my enemy, which is my own spirit:
to love my spirit despite her cowardice and to believe
that she is capable of fierce strength for bold living.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own heart:
to love my heart despite her complacency and to know
that she can risk heartache for the sake of unbounded love.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own flesh:
to love my flesh despite her vanity and to trust
that she can bear God’s presence with perfection.

Teach me to love my enemy, which is my own mind:
to love my mind despite her judgments and to have faith
that she has the fullness of joy to recognize the foolishness of God.

You, O LORD, are God and you are my God. Amen.

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Sunday Prayer: Life and Death

At your command, O God,
heaven and earth bear witness:

We sing of love
but romance death.

We reap in faith
but sow distrust

We pray for peace
but cherish gossip.

By your grace we would follow
heaven and earth’s witness:

Saying “no” to evil, to spite, to cowardice.
Pledging “yes” and “yes” to life before the throne of God.

Yes and yes to life in common purpose
with heaven and earth.

Yes by God. Yes to God.
Yes, Holy God. Let your wisdom be vindicated

as we dance in life, weep in life,
hold fast in life, and die in life. Forever in your life.

Let heaven and earth bear witness.
Amen.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Sunday Prayer: Mercies Every Morning

Shout out, O God,
and do not hold back
as you survey the world
with the witness of heaven.

Shout out and cry aloud, O God,
for we have given you lip service
but failed to follow your ways.

In your mercy, do not punish the hungry
because we have not been generous.
For your sake, do not punish the poor because
we have not lived as their brother & sister.

Do not punish even the wicked for we
have been evil’s accomplice and
taught the ways of accommodation.

Shout out, O God, and weep
for the wisdom of this age
that does not know or
wait upon your secrets:
mysteries
of abundance
and paradoxes of love.

Whisper such secrets
like salt sprinkled for the delight
of every tongue, every heart, every life
until the earth is so full of faith
that no one goes hungry
or thirsty or lacks
shelter or family.

Whisper such secrets, O God,
that dawn’s light might
interrupt
midnight’s injustice,
that healing might emerge as an oasis
and your loved ones never evicted
into the wilderness again.

We set our hearts in awe of you
and (re)commit our ways to your way.

Always and only
for your glory.
Amen.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Sunday Prayer: Butts Out of the Seat

ProtestLoving God,

You have given me charge over this little group of people. We have lived safely and happily together for some time now.

Their hearts are good. They love you and they love others. They love to come to worship you and to be with one another in our space. We have been focused on getting butts in our seats, growing as a congregation.

But now, O God, we are living in more dangerous times.

How do I get their butts out of the seat? How can I get them to march in the streets? To stand up for human rights? To stand up for civil rights? To be uncomfortable, even unsafe, because those people we care about are uncomfortable and unsafe?

How can I get them to value the future more than their security? How can I get them to do for others, even though it may be hard? How can I move them from orthodoxy to orthopraxis?

And how can I be sure that I, too, am doing the right things?

Bless them. Help me love them. And help us do what is right. Amen.


Rev. Lia Scholl is not-that-kind-of-Baptist preacher and pastor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (U.S.) and is the author of I Heart Sex Workers (Chalice Press, 2013).


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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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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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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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Sunday Prayer: New Year’s Day

In prayer,
we say the name
that gives us hope:
JESUS.

In song,
we raise the name
that brings us peace:
JESUS.

With shouts,
we cry the name
that brings us healing:
JESUS.

You who are the same
yesterday
today and
tomorrow
stay with us and love us
yesterday
today and
tomorrow
through seasons of change
of heartache of struggle of love
yesterday
today and
tomorrow
through tears and praise
and lament and delight
yesterday
today and
tomorrow
be who you are forever and always.

We long to be made new,
we are desperate to leave the past behind us,
but you have brought us this far and
you have promised to continue.
Stories and experiences
shape us like ancient stars shape the night sky,
so do not teach us to turn our backs
on what has been but to listen
for stories of what may be.
Teach us not to start over in fear
but to wade in every water and to walk
through every wilderness with the patience
of hearts that trust you.
Teach us not cynicism but curiosity
so that our souls might sing gratitude
and our tongues speak prophecies
of your love and glory
for as long as we have breath to give.

Statue of JesusTo you, the One who is worthy,
to you in whom the angels delight,
to you alone at the beginning and the end,
to you we bring our prayers and our whole lives this day. Amen.

 


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Christmas Sunday Prayer

Hark! the messenger angels sing.
It is finished! Love has come!

Our spirits soar, O mighty God,
at the magnitude and majesty:

there you are among us, the Infant Savior — and
here you are among us, the Wonderful Mystery!

We are bursting with the news: Love is here!
Peace is here! Justice and judgment are here!

How sweet, how delicious, how very
indescribable — you are sublime!

Receive our joy and make of it wonder.

Receive our gratitude and make of it humility.

Receive our adoration and make of it compassion.

Make of us, O Jesus, vessels of praise
and testimonies of the miraculous

so that no one doubts and no one
does not know the breadth of your love.

Glory, glory, glory to you in our hearts!
Glory, glory, glory to you in heaven & earth!

Glory and good news for all people!
Good news and great relief for those most in need.

Hark! the messenger angels sing.
It is finished! Love has come!

Amen! Your love is complete!
Amen! Our work of love is renewed

and our life in love is saved.
Glory, pure glory to God in the highest!

Your love is forever and ever.
Amen and amen.

 


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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Sunday Prayer: Emmanuel

Emmanuel, God,
be with us
as we greet you in praise.

You are the sovereign of angels and cherubim,
the source of life for all creation, and
our souls’ only hope and comfort.

Shine upon us, we pray.

When fear threatens our faith,
open our mouths to shout with joy
and our hearts to sing with love.

When fear leads us to fail one another,
break our tongues loose in humble confession
and disrupt our lives for the work of community.

Holy Spirit, come upon us we pray.

Though we have set our hearts on our own ways,
grant us still a vision of your way, unexpected as it is,
and stir within us the resolve to stand in solidarity with you.

Above all else, hear the prayers of those who weep
and answer at last the cries of those who mourn
for they have not been done justice in this world or in heaven.

Be with each one.

Bless all who love you with the belief in your fulfillment:
in the satisfaction of the hungry,
in the peace of the persecuted,
in the reprieve of the prisoner
and the depose of the powerful
for yours alone is the kin-dom, the power and the glory.

Emmanuel, God, come;
let your face shine that we might be saved. Amen.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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